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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thousands mark Christmas in Bethlehem PHOTO

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Christian pilgrims pray at the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem 
 Christian pilgrims pray at the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

Large crowds have begun to gather in the biblical town of Bethlehem to kick off Christmas Eve celebrations.
Tourists packed Manger Square in a party atmosphere, a BBC correspondent says.

The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where the Bible says Jesus was born.
The number of visitors to Bethlehem has been steadily rising in recent years as peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict have resumed.

A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem  
A pilgrim prays inside the church's grotto. The church is believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus 
 

Young women wearing traditional Palestinian costumes take part in a Christmas procession at Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem  
Young women wearing traditional Palestinian costumes take part in a procession on Manger Square
 

Christian pilgrims gather near a Santa Claus dummy at Manger Square in Bethlehem  
Father Christmas also joins in the Christmas celebrations in Manger Square
    



 

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