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Tanks back in Bethlehem after sniper kills soldier

Israel sent tanks into Bethlehem for the first time in more than six months yesterday after a soldier was killed near the Church of the Nativity. The city was placed under curfew and closed to journalists for several hours. The tank incursion was launched while Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks aimed at securing an agreement for Israeli troops to withdraw from reoccupied Palestinian cities and hand back control to Palestinian security forces. Bethlehem spent much of last year under military curfew. The city has been under the Israeli army’s control since November, when the soldiers were ordered in after a spate of militant attacks. The tanks moved in after Captain Shahar Shmul, 24, was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper on Tuesday night. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a left-wing militant group, said it had killed him. Full Story

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