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Saturday, 11 May, 2002, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
In pictures: Bethlehem clean-up
Life is returning to normal in the West Bank town of Bethlehem following the Israeli pull-out.

Inside the Church of the Nativity compound, which was under siege for nearly six weeks, the clean-up has begun.

The church itself has been opening to the public, but has had to close more than once to cope with the crush of curious visitors.

A statue of Mary seen through a broken window
The 39-day siege has clearly taken its toll on the ancient building

A man clears up debris left in the Church of the Nativity
The complex is lettered with debris

A priest takes a break near a pile of rubbish by the Door of Humility
It all has to be taken outside before the church can be properly cleaned

Cleaners sweep the floor of the Church of the Nativity
Sawdust is strewn across the marble floors

People mopping the floors inside the Church of the Nativity
Volunteers and priests alike join in with the mopping up

A man hoses down the courtyard outside the Church of the Nativity
Even the outside of the complex has to be hosed down

A priest surveys the fire damage at the Church of the Nativity
From the roof of the complex the fire damage is clearly visible

Members of the Palestinian Latin, Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Franciscan churches pray together
But Christian leaders are united in thanks for the peaceful end to the stand-off

Shop keepers clean a street in Bethlehem
Similar clean-up operations are going on in nearby streets

A boy stands in the damaged Bethlehem market
Bethlehem's old market place has been completely ransacked

See also:

11 May 02 | Middle East
Church emerges unharmed from siege
10 May 02 | Middle East
Eyewitness: Calm end to siege
10 May 02 | Middle East
Analysis: No winners from siege deal
10 May 02 | Middle East
Gaza gives militants hero's welcome
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