Christmas marked in Bethlehem
25 December 2011 Last updated at 00:48 GMT
Christian pilgrims and tourists in their thousands have gathered in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas.
Celebrations culminated in Midnight Mass at the 1,700-year-old Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where it is believed Jesus was born.
Jon Donnison reports from Bethlehem.