Russia Allocates $4 Million to Renovate UNESCO Sanctioned Bethlehem Street; David Israel; Jewish Press

Palestine – Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

Russia has allocated a $4 million grant to the Palestinian Autonomy for the reconstruction of a street in Bethlehem that has been sanctioned as a UNESCO monument, TASS reported Thursday, quoting Aidar Aganin, head of Russia’s diplomatic mission to the Palestinian Authority.

The “Star Street” is a road that runs through the old town of Bethlehem, leading to the Church of the Nativity. It is about half a mile long, and was included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 2012, under the name “Path for Pilgrims.”

In addition to the street itself and the buildings adjacent to it, the Peace Center on Nursery Square in the center of Bethlehem will also undergo reconstruction.

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