It's a four-day holiday that's considered by many to be the holiest in the Muslim calendar. But this year the festival is taking place in the shadow of political tension in several countries.
Arab states, Iran and the UN Security Council have voiced outrage over the US president's declaration that Israel should have sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Israel annexed the territory from Syria in 1981.
The Trump administration has said it will be cutting more than $200 million in funding to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO has said Washington is "punishing the Palestinian victims" of Israeli occupation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move comes a few days after President Trump threatened to cut off US aid to Palestinians. Experts warn that closing the agency could increase poverty and fuel violence.
For Christians, Bethlehem is a pilgrimage site, but its inhabitants live in fear of rising political tensions after President Donald Trump announced that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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