Four Israelis Shot Dead Near West Bank Settlement

Four Israelis have been shot dead in the West Bank, Israeli police say. Their vehicle came under fire on a road between the settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, near the city of Hebron. The military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, said it had carried out the "heroic operation". Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it showed there should be "no compromise" on Israeli security demands at the relaunched direct peace talks."The prime minister ordered the security forces to act without diplomatic limitations in order to catch the murderers," his spokesman, Nir Hefetz, said on arrival in the US ahead of Thursday's meeting between Mr Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington. "Terror will not determine Israel's borders or the future of the settlements," Mr Hefetz added. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also condemned the attack, saying it went "against Palestinian interests". The White House condemned the killings in the "strongest possible terms," adding that all parties must "continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region". US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said: "There may well be actors in the region who are deliberately making these kinds of attacks in order to try to sabotage the process."The attack took place near Bani Naim after dark on Highway 60, a busy route used by both Palestinians and Jewish settlers. The four victims - two men and two women, one of whom was pregnant - were reportedly shot at from a passing vehicle. Video footage showed a white estate car standing at an angle on the side of the road, its windows shot out and its doors riddled with bullet holes. Officials said all four victims were from the Beit Haggai settlement."This was a terrorist attack and the army is treating it as a grave incident," Israeli army spokeswoman Lt-Col Avital Leibovich told reporters. It was the first fatal sho
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