Christmas reborn in Bethlehem after pandemic years

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With a giant evergreen tree, colourful balloons in the streets and selfies in the Church of the Nativity, Christmas tourism has returned to Bethlehem after two years of Covid-related restrictions. Revered in Christian tradition as the birthplace of Christ, the town of Bethlehem welcomes thousands of pilgrims and tourists for Christmas every year, a windfall that dried up over the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions. Now with restrictions lifted in the occupied Palestinian territories, where the closest international airport with access to Bethlehem is located…

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