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Accused soldier to remain in custody

JERUSALEM, Feb. 13 (JTA) — The Israeli military court in Jaffa has extended the detention of Noam Friedman, the Israel Defense Force soldier accused of firing on Palestinian shoppers in Hebron. The incident, in which seven people were wounded, occurred shortly before last month’s signing of the Israeli-Palestinian accords on the West Bank town. The psychiatric evaluation to determine whether Friedman is fit for trial is continuing. Meanwhile, Jewish settlers and Palestinians threw eggs and tomatoes at each other in a dispute over the reopening of an Arab vegetable market in Hebron. Israeli soldiers intervened. The market adjacent to the Avraham Avinu settler complex in downtown Hebron was shut down after the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers by a Jewish settler.

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