World Watch

MIDDLE EAST
End of an Unholy Siege
A five week standoff between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem ended peacefully. The siege of one of Christianity's holiest places began on April 2 when Israeli forces swept into the West Bank town and more than 200 Palestinians took refuge in the church. In an agreement brokered by European Union representatives, 13 of the besieged, described by Israeli authorities as "senior terrorists," were flown to Cyprus, where they will remain until other arrangements are made for their exile. As a further 26...

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