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Four Israelis Killed In Occupied West Bank Shooting

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The West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, the scene of the killing of four Israelis, is seen in this July 2010 photo in which Arab-Israeli workers, along with the Israeli army, remove the irrigation system from a Palestinian field. HAZEM BADER/AFP hide caption

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(This story was revised since it was initially posted.)

Four Israelis were killed Tuesday in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron.

According to news reports, no group has claimed responsibility. An Associated Press story reports that the Israeli military says a Palestinian gunman was responsible for the shooting though it does not say if the gunman was apprehended or shot.

The victims were apparently in a vehicle on which the gunman opened fire at around 7:30 pm local time.

Tuesday's West Bank shootings is the latest in a recent series of attacks against Israelis.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports:

This attack is the latest in shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank. In June, a police officer was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting attack on their vehicle outside Hebron, and in May two Israelis were hurt by broken glass when bullets hit their car on a different stretch of Route 60.

The killings occurred as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinia President Mahmoud Abbas prepared to sit down to high level talks in Washington in an attempt to renew direct peace talks.

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