An Israeli man, 53, was killed in a shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Ofra early yesterday morning.

Zion David, a resident of Givat Ze'ev and father of six, was apparently driving to work when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle about 500 meters north of Ofra. He was hit in the head and lost control of the vehicle, which then flipped over.

"We arrived at the scene and found a vehicle overturned in a ditch," a Magen David Adom paramedic told Israel Radio. "When we went into the ditch, we found a man wounded by gunfire, which caused the vehicle to overturn, and killed him."

Both Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pinchas Wallerstein, head of the local council, told Israel Radio that such attacks were no surprise in light of the current visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Eyewitnesses said shots were fired on the vehicle from both sides of the road. The gunmen also fired at another Israeli vehicle, but no one was injured.

Israel Defense Forces troops were operating in the nearby village of Silwad, where the gunmen were believed to have fled.

Early yesterday, IDF troops killed a Palestinian man attempting to enter Israel illegally from the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.

The man approached the security fence near the Kisufim crossing in an area forbidden to Palestinians, which caught the attention of IDF troops and spurred a search for him, Army Radio reported Saturday night.

There were no Israeli injuries in the incident.

Three Qassam rockets were fired into the Negev town of Sderot yesterday morning. No injuries were reported.