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| 21 July 2024, Sunday |

‘Worst Christmas ever’ in birthplace of Jesus as impact of war empties Bethlehem

Usually at its busiest around Christmas, Bethlehem is a Palestinian town in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. However, this year’s violence has scared away tourists and pilgrims, leaving hotels, restaurants, and gift shops empty.

Business owners in Bethlehem stated that no one was coming, as news of Hamas strikes in southern Israel, Israel’s military assault on Gaza, and an increase in violence in the West Bank had dominated international headlines since October 7.

Usually at its busiest around Christmas, Bethlehem is a Palestinian town in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. However, this year’s violence has scared away tourists and pilgrims, leaving hotels, restaurants, and gift shops empty.

Business owners in Bethlehem stated that no one was coming, as news of Hamas strikes in southern Israel, Israel’s military assault on Gaza, and an increase in violence in the West Bank had dominated international headlines since October 7.

    Source:
  • Reuters