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Dozens of Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that erupted Wednesday when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was opened to Jewish visitors, an AFP correspondent said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw "stones and firecrackers" at police when they opened the walled compound's gates. Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site.

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday on the eve of the Passover Jewish holiday. The policeman's wife and a child were wounded.

Israelis, Palestinians seeking to extend peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are hammering out a way to extend their faltering peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, a US official said Tuesday, refuting calls from a leading daily to call it quits. More talks between the two sides will be held on Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, although it was not immediately clear if US lead negotiator Martin Indyk would take part. "The parties are working right now on an agreement to extend the negotiations, and that means extending the negotiations past April 29," Psaki told reporters.

Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

A Palestinian woman died after inhaling tear gas used by Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday, but the military denied any involvement. The army "fired tear gas" at stone-throwing Palestinians late Monday near the home of the woman, who was "suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital."

Israel looks for gunman after fatal West Bank shooting

Israeli troops were scouring a village near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, residents said, a day after a gunman killed an Israeli nearby. The incident at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday was the first deadly attack on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, and came as tensions were soaring over the near-breakdown of US-brokered peace talks. The army was searching several houses and businesses close to where the incident took place southwest of Idhna, a village outside Hebron, residents told AFP.

Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. But the military denied tear gas was the cause of death. Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said.

Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting: army

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on a civilian car near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, military sources said. Israeli media reported the car was carrying a family to see relatives for the ritual Passover "seder" dinner. The incident could raise tensions at a time when the United States is struggling to keep troubled Middle East peace talks alive.

Israeli killed in West Bank shooting

An Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said. The incident at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday was the first deadly attack on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, and came as tensions were soaring over the near-breakdown of US-brokered peace talks. "Fire was opened at Israeli civilian vehicles on Route 35, near Hebron, and we're conducting widespread searches for the perpetrators... An Israeli civilian was killed in the attack," a spokeswoman told AFP.

Israeli civilian killed in West Bank shooting

An Israeli civilian was killed and two wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said. "Fire was opened at Israeli civilian vehicles on route 35, near Hebron, and we're conducting widespread searches for the perpetrators... an Israeli civilian was killed in the attack," an army spokeswoman told AFP. A separate army statement added that two other Israelis were also wounded. jad/hkb

Israeli civilian killed in West Bank shooting

An Israeli civilian was killed and two wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said. "Fire was opened at Israeli civilian vehicles on route 35, near Hebron, and we're conducting widespread searches for the perpetrators... an Israeli civilian was killed in the attack," an army spokeswoman told AFP. A separate army statement added that two other Israelis were also wounded. jad/hkb
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