The tanks rolled in on April 1st. The Israeli government's aim was to "clean out the terrorist infrastructure from the foundations". Accordingly, APCs flattened cars and traffic lights, cut watermains and imposed a curfew during which no one was allowed to move. How much of this contributed towards destroying terrorist infrastructure is unclear.

Dr Ahmed Noman was shot by the IDF on March 8th. His hospital, Yamama, had been expecting this invasion. Unfortunatly, no ambulances were able to reach it during the first week of curfew. Staff waited helplessly as reports of injured came in.

Bethlehem and El Kahder 2002

war comes to bethlehem