Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a soldier was shot and killed in the biblical city of Hebron in the West Bank.
It said the soldier was critically injured by direct fire Sunday evening and later died in the hospital.
He was securing an area where over a thousand people were visiting for the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, it said.
On Friday a Palestinian killed an Israeli soldier in the northern West Bank with the intention of trading the body for his brother jailed for terror attacks.
Israeli soldiers stand in the settlement Shaarey Tikva in the West Bank, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, near the place where an Israeli soldier was killed. A Palestinian lured an Israeli soldier to a village in the West Bank and killed him with the intention of trading the body for his brother jailed for terror attacks, Israel's intelligence agency said. (Credit: AP)
The killing increases mistrust between Israel and the Palestinians at a time of U.S. mediated peace talks that restarted this summer.
Tensions run high in Hebron where about 500 Israelis live amid 170,000 Palestinians. Much of the animosity is over a holy site, sacred to both Jews and Muslims.