ISRAELI SOLDIERS NEAR THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM.
A group of Israeli soldiers take up positions behind a tank near the
Church of Nativity in Bethlehem as Israeli forces continue to
surrounding the Church compound, where some 200 Palestinian gunmen have
been holed up for some two weeks April 15, 2002. Secretary of State
Colin Powell arrived in Beirut Monday for talks with Lebanese leaders
on Hizbollah attacks against Israel that have fanned fears of a
widening of the Arab-Israeli conflict. REUTERS/Oleg Popov