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Two Israeli troops shot in Hebron
Medical workers and a security officer unload from an ambulance an Israeli officer wounded in Hebron
The wounded soldiers were taken to hospital in Jerusalem
Two Israeli soldiers have been wounded - one seriously - in a clash with Palestinian gunmen in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

The soldiers were injured when gunmen opened fire at an Israeli security post near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a shrine holy to both Muslims and Jews.

The attack contravened the informal ceasefire declared last month.

Hundreds of troops are based in Hebron to protect 600 Jewish settlers who live in the city of 120,000 Palestinians.

Soldiers opened fire in the direction of the Old City where the shots appeared to have come from before imposing an immediate curfew on the area, witnesses are quoted as saying.

Israel's defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss Israel's handover of West Bank towns to Palestinian control.


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