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Jewish Settler in Hebron Killed, Home Is Burned

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

A Jewish settler was stabbed to death Thursday night by a suspected Palestinian assailant who broke into his home and torched it in a fortified Jewish enclave in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli army said.

There was concern that the killing would trigger new violence in Hebron, a city of 130,000 Palestinians and 450 Jewish settlers.

“There was a murder by a terrorist in a house in Tel Rumeida; an Israeli citizen was killed,” an Israeli army spokesman said.

The umbrella council of Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza said the assailant also wounded the man’s wife.

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“The murder of a Jew in Hebron is the continuation of attacks against Jewish settlements and settlers by the Palestinian Authority and with its encouragement,” council spokesman Aharon Domb said in a statement.

Domb identified the victim as Rabbi Shlomo Raanan, 63, the grandson of a spiritual leader of Israel’s settler movement.

He said he believed that the assailant fled to a part of Hebron under Palestinian control. There was no known motive for the attack.


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