File - In this May 18, 2009 file photo, Israeli soldiers walk in the West Bank City of Hebron. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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The Israeli military has created a new authority to provide municipal services for settlers in Hebron, drawing accusations that Israel is moving closer to annexing parts of the West Bank city.While Israel maintained security control over the area under the 1997 agreement, municipal services to Palestinians and settlers were provided by the Palestinians.Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as part of a future independent state.Kamel Hmeid, the city's Palestinian governor, said the military's order favored settlers at the expense of the Palestinian population and was meant to deepen Israeli control.
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