Two Israelis wounded in West Bank shooting

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JERUSALEM, Sep 14 (Reuters) Two Israelis travelling in a car were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank, the army and emergency services said today.

An emergency service statement said the two civilians were hurt by bullet fragments in the central West Bank and were taken to hospital for treatment.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack.

The West Bank has been relatively calm since Israel and the West adopted a policy of bolstering Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces against his Hamas rivals.

Abbas sacked a Hamas-led Palestinian government in June after the Islamists routed his secular Fatah forces in Gaza.

Since then, Israel has declared an amnesty on scores of militants aligned with Fatah after they agreed to stop attacking Israeli targets, and has freed more than 250 prisoners.

An Israeli solider who took a wrong turn into a West Bank town was returned unharmed by Palestinian security forces last month in a new sign of cooperation with Israel.

REUTERS SBC BST1848

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