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Israeli Stabbed Near Bethlehem

Israel closed off Bethlehem this week after an Israeli was moderately wounded in a shooting attack on the outskirts of the city, now a Palestinian self-rule enclave.

The wounded man, a religious Jew, reportedly was shot and wounded Monday in a ceramics shop near Rachel’s Tomb in an area patrolled by Palestinian police.

He was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem, where he underwent surgery.

the Israeli army declared Bethlehem, which was handed over to the Palestinians on Dec. 21, a closed military zone.

“The entry of Israeli citizens is forbidden for security reasons,” an army spokeswoman said.

An Arab bystander said: “They have just reoccupied Bethlehem.”

Palestinian police also were conducting a search.