HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen shot and wounded two Israeli women in a car on Monday in the divided West Bank town of Hebron, Israeli officials said. "Two Israeli women were wounded this morning, one moderately to seriously and the other lightly, by shots fired at their car near the Cave of the Patriarchs in an area of Hebron under Israeli control," the Israeli army said in a statement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s senior adviser, David Bar-Illan, said the shooting made a "mockery of the Oslo and Wye (peace) agreements" Israel signed with the Palestinians. Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordechai immediately ordered the closure of Hebron, preventing Palestinians in areas under Palestinian control from entering or leaving. A curfew was imposed on Palestinian residents in the part of the city under Israeli control, confining them to their homes. Israel, suspecting the gunmen had fled to Palestinian-ruled areas, said it had asked Palestinians police to conduct an investigation to try to help capture them. Witnesses said the women from the settlement of Kiryat Arba were on their way to work at the Jewish settlers‘ complex of Beit Hadassah in Hebron when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle. Jewish settler leaders in Hebron condemned the attack and called on the government to tear up peace accords with the Palestinians. Israel froze implementation last month of the Wye River land-for-security deal it signed in October with the Palestinians, saying they had yet to fulfil their peace commitments. That accord led to a split in Netanyahu‘s rightist coalition, precipitating a vote in Israel‘s parliament to hold early elections. Parliament is due to give final approval on Monday to bringing forward the poll from late 2000 to May 17, 1999. The Cave of the Patriarchs is holy to both Moslems and Jews as the traditional burial place of Abraham. About 400 Jewish settlers live in Hebron, surrounded by more than 100,000 Palestinians. The city, a frequent flashpoint between Palestinians, Jewish settlers and the army, was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas under a January 1997 interim deal.