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Members of the ancient Samaritan community gathered early Wednesday at Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus to pray for the holiday of Passover, which they celebrate at a different date to the Jewish Passover holiday.

According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century B.C.

The small community, which consists of over 700 people, live mostly in a village at Mount Gerizim, and the rest live as a community within the central city of Holon near Tel Aviv.

The religion's holiest site is on the top of Mount Gerizim in the West Bank.