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Witnesses: Israelis Move Into Town

April 9, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli troops and tanks moved into the southern West Bank town of Dora early Tuesday, witnesses said.

The new incursion came as troops were pulling out of the northern West Bank cities of Tulkarem and Qalqiliya amid increasing U.S. pressure for Israel to wrap up its 12-day offensive against militants in the West Bank.

Witnesses in Dora said that tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the town before dawn as helicopters provided cover from the air. The sound of gunbattles could be heard, witnesses said.

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