Israel freezes contacts, launches West Bank clampdown

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  • Tuesday, 18 Oct 2005

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

Israel also killed a senior Islamic militant in the flare-up in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, a month after the Jewish state completed its pullout from the Gaza Strip to end 38 years of military rule there. 

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