Shepherd with sheep and goats in hills around Bethlehem
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Bethlehem shepherds giving up watching flocks

As thousands of Christians attend services in the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, the shepherds in the town have a very different life from that featured in the Nativity.

Israeli security restrictions have made getting sheep to their pastures is increasingly difficult, and the shepherds are thought to be in the way of expanding Jewish settlements.

Jon Donnison reports from Jerusalem.

  • 24 Dec 2011