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Christmas hub Bethlehem's festivities marked by restrictions this year

Dec 04, 2020 11:52 IST

The Palestinian Health Ministry has issued new recommendations for the Christmas season in Bethlehem this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Celebrations in the biblical town, revered by Christians as Jesus's birthplace, are usually attended by thousands of people from around the world.  

But this year the tree lighting ceremony will be limited to 50 people and restaurants in the area will be closed at 9 pm throughout the season. Religious services on Christmas Eve will also have limited attendance.