In photos: Gaza begins Christmas celebrations with light up of tree in public square

In photos: Gaza begins Christmas celebrations with light up of tree in public square
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13 December, 2021
Dozen of Palestinians gathered for the illumination of a Christmas tree in Gaza to mark the beginning of Christmas celebrations in the impoverished enclave.
The event was attended by dozens [Getty]

Gaza's minority Christian community officially began Christmas celebrations by lighting a Christmas tree at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Gaza City. 

Many Palestinian families, including Christian and Muslim dignitaries from the besieged enclave, attended the event held in a public square.

The event, attended by dozens, was marked with short speeches by Palestinian Christian leaders, government representatives and music by the YMCA marching band. Palestinian children donned holiday outfits, including Santa hats.

The Christmas tree light up was followed by a display of fireworks.