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Two Israelis shot and killed by unknown assailant in Hebron

Two Israelis have been shot dead and a third has been wounded as authorities search for the assailant. The incident occurs as the death toll among Israelis and Palestinians continues to mount.

The three Israelis were attacked on Friday in their car near the West Bank city of Hebron, one day after Israeli police staged an audacious raid on a nearby hospital that left one Palestinian dead.

Authorities said the gun-wielding assailant fled the scene after killing two of the Israelis and wounding the third. Police were reportedly searching the area for the culprit.

The army described the incident as a "terrorist" attack, according to AFP news agency, which also reported the two killed had been father and son, and the third an unidentified teenager.

Ongoing violence

The murder occurred a day after Israeli authorities in disguise

raided a West Bank hospital

, killing one Palestinian and arresting another.

The incident sparked outrage among locals, including the hospital's employees. Jihad Shawar, the director of the hospital, called the raid a violation of international law.

At least 14 Israelis and 78 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing violence sweeping Israel and the Palestinian Territories, which began in mid-September.

blc/kms (AP, AFP, dpa)

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