Palestinians have floated the idea of calling a conditional truce in their yearlong uprising against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead two stone-throwing Palestinian protesters during a general strike called by underground leaders of the uprising on Wednesday.Palestinian and Israeli sources said West Bank Palestinian leaders raised the idea of a truce in talks with foreign diplomats and in indirect contacts with the Israeli Defense Ministry's Civil Administration, which runs public services in the occupied zone.

The sources said that the leaders of the uprising would consider suspending their revolt if Israel released some 1,500 activists imprisoned without trial and allowed free municipal elections in the territories.