25 Dec '11, 2am

Thousands in Bethlehem celebrate Christmas

Thousands in Bethlehem celebrate Christmas

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territories: Tens of thousands of Christians were flocking to Bethlehem on Saturday to celebrate Christmas following a year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. As day broke on this not-so-little-town which lies just a few miles south of Jerusalem, locals were busily preparing to welcome thousands of pilgrims who want to see the spot where the Bible says Jesus was born to a couple from Nazareth. Hotels and guest houses across this ancient town perched on the hilltops were packed to capacity, Palestinian officials said, with more than 50,000 visitors from around the world expected to join in the festivities. "Hotels are full. We have no rooms left even though the number of hotel rooms has multiplied in the last three years," Palestinian tourism minister Khulud Daibes told AFP. "We expect up to 50,000 people to come in the next two d...

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