Moshe Levinger, a leading figure in Israel's settler movement who helped establish a settlement in the heart of the biblical West Bank city of Hebron has died at the age of 80.

A year after Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war, Levinger led the first settlers to Hebron, where Jews had lived for centuries until Arab riots drove most of them out in 1929.

Today around 800 settlers live in heavily guarded areas of Hebron alongside 180,000 Palestinians.

Levinger's funeral is set for Sunday outside that city's holiest site, known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.

In 1990, Levinger served three months of a five-month prison term for killing an Arab.

Relatives said he died Saturday.