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Israeli Seriously Injured in Sniper Attack Near Hebron

An Israeli was seriously wounded on Sunday in a shooting attack near the West Bank city of Hebron. He was evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem for treatment.

Initial details revealed that the victim had been standing at the Pharmacy District checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Clashes erupted in the area and a bullet fired from a distance, apparently by a sniper, struck the victim in his upper body.

Large IDF forces were combing the area for further evidence. Worshipers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs were being evacuated and the city was put under closure.

The area in which the incident occurred is generally closed off to Jewish traffic, but was specially opened this week due to the Sukkot holiday. Entry to the Tomb was only being granted to Jews during this period of the holiday.

The shooting occurred a day after 20-year-old IDF soldier Tomer Hazan was founded murdered in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah over the weekend. Hazan, a resident of Bat Yam in central Israel, was reported missing after failing to contact his family since Friday morning.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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