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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 July, 2003, 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
In pictures: Palestinian police enter Bethlehem
Palestinian police officers raise a Palestinian flag on the roof of a police station in the West Bank town of Bethlehem
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Palestinian security forces have reasserted control over the West Bank town of Bethlehem
Palestinian police officer
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A Palestinian police officer adjusts his hat in a cracked mirror taped to a window as he gets ready to patrol the town
Police officers walk along Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity
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Officers marched or drove into the centre of town
A police officer sits on his motorcycle in Manger Square
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Bells rang out from the churches in Manger Square as police and other vehicles deployed across town
A Palestinian policeman directs traffic in Bethlehem
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The roadmap requires Palestinian police to fill security vacuums wherever Israeli troops and tanks pull out
Israeli soldiers wave from an army truck as they leave their position on the outskirts of Bethlehem
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Israeli soldiers appeared delighted to leave the town as they vacated the outskirts of Bethlehem
Palestinian police men training for expanded roles
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Police officers had trained hard ahead of the deployment
A recruit sails over colleagues during jumping and rolling manoeuvres
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It is now up to them to enforce the ceasefire announced by militant groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Israel pulls out of Bethlehem
02 Jul 03  |  Middle East

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