Jerusalem, June 08: Palestinian gunmen infiltrated a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and killed two Israelis early on Saturday before armed settlers shot dead one of the attackers, the Israeli army said.
The assault on the Karmei Tzur settlement near the divided city of Hebron dealt another blow to peace hopes just ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and hours after a fresh series of Israeli military raids on West Bank towns.
Israeli officials say the almost daily incursions into Palestinian-ruled territory are aimed at preventing attacks like the one carried out at Karmei Tsur, but Palestinian officials accuse Israel of stoking more violence.
The two gunmen slipped into the settlement before dawn and opened fire on a cluster of trailer homes just inside a perimeter fence, an army spokeswoman said.
"The bullets penetrated the trailers," she said. "The Israelis were killed in cold blood." Two settlers were seriously wounded and two were lightly injured.