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Bethlehem enjoys busiest Christmas season on record

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By Sallyann Nicholls
Bethlehem enjoys busiest Christmas season on record
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Hotels dotted around the biblical hometown of Jesus are almost fully-booked this Christmas as Bethlehem enjoys its busiest Christmas season on record, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism has said.

It is thought a drop in knife and car-ramming attacks has prompted an influx of visitors this year, who have been flocking to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity – a cave which enshrines a site thought to be the birthplace of Jesus.

“This is first time in my life coming here, this is a wonderful place,” said Malaysian tourist Joseph Ahlan.

Watch a timelapse of the town in the video player above.