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Mideast / Christmas In Bethlehem / Lebanon Hostages #93893

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 24, 1985
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(Studio) Troubles in Bethlehem, traditional site of Jesus' birth, reported.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Bethlehem, Israeli-Occupied West Bank) Christmas parade in Bethlehem said to have Santa Claus for first time. Procession of Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, noted. Decrease in crowds this year said due to hijackings and incrd. terrorism in area. Israeli-occupation of Bethlehem mentioned. Attitude of group from Stanford Univ. cited. [MAN - comments.] Reception said hosted by mayor and Prime Min. Shimon Peres. Manger Square mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(Studio) Update given on situation of American hostages in Lebanon. British envoy Terry Waite's return to London and his comments noted; scenes shown. President Reagan's order for national Christmas tree lights to go off briefly in honor of hostages reported; scenes shown.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

Threlkeld, Richard;
Zelnick, Bob

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