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BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK: A Palestinian girl decorates a ‘popular resistance’ Christmas tree with empty tear gas canisters at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity.
ALEPPO, SYRIA: Even though it has been 5 years since the conflict in Syria began and his house destroyed, Sheikh Abdulkhalik Shamiyye, a second-hand book seller in Aleppo, continues opening his shop everyday. It’s been his profession for the last 50 years, and is set to continue, bombs and bullets be damned.
EAST JERUSALEM: A Palestinian boy flies high outside Damascus Gate.
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK: A Palestinian dressed up as Santa Claus runs through the tear gas during clashes between Israeli security forces and demonstrators following a protest against the illegal Separation Wall.
SALE, MOROCCO: Street processions are held to celebrate the Mawlid Al-Nabawi, Prophet Mohamed (pbuh)’s birthday.
VAN, TURKEY: A member of the Van Water and Sewerage Administration team breaks the ice around a water tank which exploded after temperatures plummeted to -12 degrees centigrade.
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