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Israeli forces raid two villages east of Bethlehem

Aug. 4, 2008 4:55 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2008 4:55 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces stormed Beit Ta'mar and Za'tara, two villages east of Bethlehem, on Monday morning . Soldiers ransacked homes and imposed a curfew in both villages.

Invading forces took control of the home of Yousif Abi Amiriyya and used it as military base erecting a tent on the roof to monitor movement of residents. An Israeli helicopter airdropped additional troops at the outskirts of Beit Ta'mar.

Locals told Ma'an via telephone that Israeli soldiers inspected nearby fields and deserted homes using police dogs and metal detectors.

Israeli troops withdrew on Monday afternoon, but they left the monitoring tent they erected on the roof of Abu 'Amiriyya's home. No arrests or casualties have been reported.

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