Israeli man wounded in Hebron shooting attack

IDF conducting sweeping patrols in area near Cave of the Patriarchs after Israeli national shot in neck; police spokesman say authorities believe perpetrator was Palestinian.

September 22, 2013 19:22
Soldiers and a security personnel open the gate of a check-point in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Soldiers in Hebron 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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An Israeli man was critically wounded Sunday in a shooting attack in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the man suffering from a bullet-wound to the neck to a hospital in Jerusalem.

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The IDF was conducting sweeping patrols in the area in search for assailants.

"Shots were fired near the Machpela Cave," police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said, using the Hebrew name for a Jewish and Islamic holy site also known as the Tomb of Abraham, long a flashpoint between the two communities.

He said police believed the perpetrator was Palestinian.

An Israeli security source said the victim was a soldier.

Israel Radio and television stations said a Palestinian sniper was believed to have shot at Israelis by the holy site, before fleeing the scene.

Violence has been rising in recent weeks in the West Bank despite a recent resumption of stalled U.S.-sponsored peace talks.

The incident followed the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sgt. Tomer Hazan in the West Bank over the weekend.

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