JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli soldier was shot and seriously wounded on Sunday in the West Bank city of Hebron, a hotbed of tensions where some 500 Jewish settler families live among 100,000 Palestinians.
"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, confirming a report on state-owned Channel One television.
Israel Radio and television stations said a Palestinian sniper was believed to have shot at Israelis by the holy site, hitting one of them in the neck.
Violence has been rising in recent weeks in the West Bank - territory that Israel captured in a 1967 war which Palestinians seek for a state - despite a recent resumption of stalled U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
On Saturday, Israeli authorities said a soldier had been killed by a Palestinian who had lured him to his hometown in the West Bank.
And a week ago a Palestinian militant was killed in a confrontation with Israeli forces, the fourth Palestinian fatality since July.
(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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