Crowds gather in Bethlehem's Manger Square ahead of Christmas Eve celebrations

  • by: MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 24, 2013 - 12:30 PM

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations on Tuesday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night.

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