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|Israeli soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron
||Israeli soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron
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|The Israeli army says one of its soldiers has been killed in a shooting in the West Bank city of Hebron.||The Israeli army says one of its soldiers has been killed in a shooting in the West Bank city of Hebron.|
Officials said the soldier had been on patrol in the city, which was packed with Jewish people visiting for a week-long religious festival.
The 20-year old soldier died in hospital after being hit in a suspected sniper attack.
Hebron has long been a source of tension between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Tomb of Abraham in the city is a holy site for both Jews and Muslims.
The killing comes a day after Israeli troops found the body of another soldier near the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya.
Sgt Tomer Hazan, 20, had been lured to the northern West Bank by a Palestinian man, Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said.
A suspect - who Shin Bet said worked with the soldier - has been arrested.
The statement said he had confessed to killing Sgt Hazan in the hope that he could trade the body in exchange for the release of his imprisoned brother.
Shin Bet named the suspect as Nidal Ammer, a 42-year-old Palestinian man.