JERUSALEM -- A car bomb exploded outside a high school in the northern coastal city of Netanya on Wednesday, lightly injuring six people. The bombing and other violence threatened to undermine U.S.-mediated talks that were the Bush administration's first attempt at Mideast shuttle diplomacy.
The injured were treated for shock, police spokeswoman Sivan Kedmi said. Israel radio said the explosion occurred outside the school, and hospital officials said four of those injured were teen-agers. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
Netanya is about six miles from the West Bank and has been the scene of several bomb attacks by Palestinian militants in the past, although most have occurred in the busier shopping district downtown. On May 18, a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in the resort city killed five Israelis and the assailant.
Earlier Wednesday, two Israeli vehicles opened fire on stone-throwing Palestinians at the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza, injuring four people, witnesses said. One of them, a 14-year-old boy, was critically injured with a shot to the chest, doctors said. The army said it was checking the report.
A day earlier, three Palestinians and three Israelis were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including a recent Jewish immigrant from the United States.
A meeting of West Bank security chiefs was arranged at the urging of the new U.S. envoy, William Burns. He shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders earlier in the week to discuss how to implement the recommendations of an international panel on how to stop eight months of violence.
The report by the commission -- headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell -- calls for a truce, a cooling-off period, confidence building measures, including a freeze in Jewish settlement construction, and then peace talks.
In the meeting of the security chiefs Tuesday, Israel demanded that the Palestinians follow Israel's lead and observe a truce. The Palestinians refused, saying that ahead of a cease-fire, Israel must lift a blockade of Palestinian communities and freeze settlement construction.
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