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Middle East / Israelis Vs. Palestinians / Bethlehem / Gaza #700870

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 09, 2002
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Tom Fenton) An apparent end to the standoff between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the likelihood of an Israeli retaliatory attack in Gaza in response to the suicide bombing in Rishon Letzion reported; details given of plans to exile 13 Palestinians to Cyprus until other countries can be found to accept them; scenes shown of Israeli troops preparing for military action. [Israeli military analyst Ron BEN-ISHAI - says Gaza is a difficult place for Israeli troops; says the residents have been preparing for Israeli troops since the West Bank retaliation.]

Fenton, Tom;
Rather, Dan

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