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Saturday, 30 June 2012 - 11:02
Bethlehem sites given UNESCO World Heritage status
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The UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, has voted to add the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and its pilgrimage route to the list of World Heritage Sites.

The Palestinian delegation welcomed the approval of its bid to get protected status for the church, built on a site some believe was Jesus's birthplace.

Israel and the US opposed the move, saying it was politically motivated.

It was the first such approval since Palestine was controversially granted membership of UNESCO last year.

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