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CBS TV Crew Is Expelled

April 02, 2002|Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces expelled a CBS News TV crew from Ramallah on Monday as troops continued to occupy the West Bank city and search for militants.

The Foreign Press Assn. in Israel protested the expulsion and the military's attempt to make the entire city off limits to the media.

Kate Rydell, producer for the CBS crew that entered Ramallah on Sunday, said the journalists were packing their gear Monday when about seven Israeli jeeps pulled up.

She said the soldiers told them the area was a closed military zone and escorted them out of the city. The soldiers did not confiscate any material or equipment and made no threats, she said.

Israel has warned that foreign journalists were at risk in Ramallah.

Reuters news agency said the army took over its Ramallah offices and those of several other media organizations in the same building Friday, forcing the journalists out.

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