WATCH: Christmas Tree Lighting in Bethlehem

Hundreds of Palestinians and pilgrims gathered at Manger Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony Saturday night.

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Fireworks explode during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 6, 2014.Credit: Reuters
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REUTERS Transcript:

Narrator: "Over the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday night - a full moon - a good omen, perhaps, for the holiday season ahead. Hundreds of Palestinians and pilgrims gather at Manger Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony. This, in the heart of the town where Christ was said to be born."

Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboon: "The message of Bethlehem is specifically in this year that we have the solidarity, we urge all the people through our message, that we need solidarity because we only need on this Christmas - justice."

Narrator: "The start of the holiday season was marked with fireworks over the Church of the Nativity."

A Christmas tree stands in the courtyard of the Nativity Church in the West Bank town of Bethlehem after the lighting ceremony December 6, 2014. 

A Christian worshipper goes to the cave, where Virgin Mary is believed to have given birth to Jesus, under the Church of Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 6, 2014. 

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