A Palestinian man peers out of his window in Bethlehem's Old City
as Israeli Defense Forces sweep through the town, searching for
terrorists and weapons April 4. The entire city was declared a
closed military area and is under a 24-hour curfew.
Israeli troops move through the cluttered streets of Bethlehem's
Old City as part of Operation Protective Wall.
Medical personnel at the Beit Jala Hospital in Bethlehem wait
for the dead and injured to arrive, but ambulances attempting
to pick people up have reportedly been turned away by Israeli
forces. There have been only three wounded people brought in by
ambulances over the past three days, according to one doctor.
With the morgue at the Beit Jala Hospital in Bethlehem already
full, five bodies are stored without refrigeration in one of the
hospital's empty rooms on an upper floor.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, tells of her family's
three-day confinement during fighting in the Old City section
The town of Bethlehem viewed from a bullet-scarred window in the
old section of the city.
An Israeli armored personnel carrier rolls through the empty streets
of Bethlehem on Thursday morning.
Originals of photos: Washington