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Israel Tightens Restrictions on Foreigners

Israel on Friday tightened restrictions on foreigners entering the Gaza Strip, prompting charges it is trying to keep out those monitoring the actions of Israeli soldiers in hot spots. Also Friday, an Australian human rights monitor and a pro-Palestinian activist from Chicago were arrested on charges they were in a West Bank town without permission. The two were ordered deported. The policy was announced just a day before the arrival of Secretary of State Colin Powell to the region. Powell is to hold talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on getting started on a peace plan presented last week by international mediators. Under Israel’s new rules, foreigners entering Gaza must sign a document that they agree not to enter military areas along the Israeli-Egyptian border and “other areas of combat,” the military said in a statement. The statement did not specify what was meant by “areas of combat.” Full Story

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