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Municipality type A in Palestine

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Bethlehem: Municipality type A in Palestine
Bethlehem is a city located in the central West Bank, Palestine, about 10 km south of Jerusalem. Its population is approximately 25,000 people. It is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate. The economy is primarily tourist-driven, peaking during the Christmas season, when Christians make pilgrimage to the Church of the Nativity. Rachel's Tomb, an important Jewish holy site, is located at the northern entrance of Bethlehem.

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Italy woke up to deserted streets in an unprecedented lockdown on Tuesday after the government extended quarantine measures across the entire country. Joe Davies reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published
Bethlehem: Birthplace of Jesus under coronavirus quarantine [Video]

Bethlehem: Birthplace of Jesus under coronavirus quarantine

The coronavirus has also spread to Bethlehem, and now the Israeli military is not allowing people in or out.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:14Published

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Carols and bells in Bethlehem as Christmas draws near

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Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

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