Bethlehem lights up Christmas tree as virus rules keep crowds away

Wegen Corona-Pandemie gilt in Palästinensergebiet nächtliche Ausgangssperre                             es AFP Saturday 12/5/2020 – 19:19 UTC+1 180 wordsBethlehem lit up its Christmas tree on Saturday evening but without the usual crowds, as novel coronavirus restrictions put a damper on the start of Christmas festivities in the holy city. Palestinian authorities last week announced measures, including a night-time curfew, across the Israeli-occupied West Bank for 14 days to fight a “worrying spread” of the virus. Locals and pilgrims traditionally gather each year for the lighting of the tree …

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