Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence

December 24, 2015 1:12 PM

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Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Christian faithful from around the world descended Thursday on the biblical city of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, as an outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence dampened the typically festive mood.

Before the celebrations began, Israeli authorities said three Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis were killed in violence across the West Bank. Another Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, a Palestinian hospital official said.

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