» 12/15/2011, 00.00
ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Some 90,000 pilgrims are expected in the Holy Land over Christmas
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism announces measures to facilitate travel between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Instability in neighbouring Arab countries causes a small drop in the number of arrivals in Bethlehem.
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