Israel cuts some contacts, begins W.Bank clampdown

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  • Monday, 17 Oct 2005

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel suspended all security contacts with the Palestinians and began sealing off biblical Bethlehem in a West Bank clampdown on Monday after gunmen killed three settlers in the deadliest attack on Israelis in months. 

The flare-up on Sunday in the occupied West Bank, including Israel's killing of a senior Islamic militant, came a month after the Jewish state completed its pullout from the Gaza Strip to end 38 years of military rule. 

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