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Jewish settlers protest at killing

JERUSALEM (AP/AFP) - Thousands of Jewish settlers blocked highways in the occupied lands yesterday to protest against the killing of one of their own by Palestinian gunmen, and two Arab motorists were wounded by shots apparently fired by settlers.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held secret talks in Cairo, as the PLO appeared to soften its position on the Israeli troop withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. A PLO delegation official said the Palestinians may accept an Israeli military presence in the Gaza Strip, but only inside Jewish settlements.