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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
In pictures: Bethlehem's woes
Israeli troops are tightening their grip in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where they are besieging some 200 Palestinian gunmen and civilians sheltering in the Church of the Nativity.

The operation has sparked criticism from the Vatican, as Israelis and Palestinians blame each other for damaging the church - revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus - and starting a fire nearby.

Israeli checkpoint
Israeli forces have been in Bethlehem since 2 April

Palestinian man, wrecked cars
Wreckage from the recent fighting litters the town

Woman walks through wreckage carrying bread
Life is increasingly difficult for ordinary residents

Palestinian escorting disabled friend to the doctor
Negotiating the city streets is a dangerous business

Fire
A fire broke out early on Monday near the Church of the Nativity

Journalists try to get a view of the fighting despite smoke grenades
The media have been able to see little of the fighting...

Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah (centre) and other patriarchs and priests
... but local churchmen have been protesting against the stand-off
See also:

08 Apr 02 | Middle East
Sharon unmoved by US pressure
08 Apr 02 | Middle East
Powell's peace mission begins
08 Apr 02 | Middle East
Bethlehem siege sparks church fury
08 Apr 02 | Middle East
Powell's peace mission begins
08 Apr 02 | Middle East
UN Security Council's growing anger
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