Palestinian kills 4 Israelis on eve of peace talks

A Palestinian gunman opened fire on an Israeli means of transportation traveling in the West Bank on Tuesday, murder four passengers, establishment said, in a lethal assault that cast a long shadow over Mideast calm talks set to start this week.

There was no instant claim of responsibility. Other than in the past, confrontational groups have theatrical attacks in an effort to sabotage peace efforts.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the gunman opened fire at a vehicle traveling near Hebron — a unstable city that has been a flash point of violence in the past. Some 500 ultranationalist Jewish settlers live in heavily carrying weapons enclaves in the city amid more than 100,000 Palestinians.

Israel's nationwide save service said the victims included two men and two women. It gave no further details.

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