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Israeli bulldozers leveled 5,000 abandoned mud huts in two Palestinian refugee camps near Jericho, describing the action as an effort to destroy terrorist hideouts. Homes, schools and mosques of 3,660 refugees in the U.N.-administered area were left intact. Some residents expressed fear that Israel is trying to force them to leave the area. However, a U.N. spokesman denied such intentions and said the razings followed an agreement with the Israeli army that "life would continue normally in the camps."

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