Gunfire heard in West Bank Jewish settlement near Nablus

Thursday, June 20, 2002

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Gunfire was reported after nightfall Thursday in Itamar, a West Bank Jewish settlement near the Palestinian city of Nablus, settlers said. Israel TV said two people were seriously wounded.

Police spokeswoman Ganit Wingrad said shots were heard inside the settlement, but she could give no further details.

Israel TV said there apparently was an incursion by one or more armed Palestinians who holed up in a house in the settlement.

The settlement, home to some of the most militant Israeli settlers in the West Bank, is not fenced. Settlers insist that the whole West Bank belongs to the Jews.

On May 29, a Palestinian gunman attacked a high school at the settlement, killing three Israeli teen-agers.

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