Israel to pardon five Fatah gunmen involved in Bethlehem church standoff

Israel's agreement to pardon dozens of Fatah gunmen will extend to five out of the 25 Palestinians who were involved in 2002's standoff with the IDF at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Those involved in the standoff were expelled from the West Bank but they will be allowed back into the region as part of the pardon agreement reached in July to boost the standing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Channel 10 reported.