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Sunday, 30 December 2007 00:00

Beit Sahour (Arabic: بيت ساحور pronounced Bayt Saahoor is a Palestinian town administered by the Palestinian Authority, situated to the east of Bethlehem. The population of 15,400 is largely Christian.

The town is reputed to be close to the place where, according to the Bible, the angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. There are two enclosures in the eastern part of Beit Sahour which are claimed by different denominations to be the actual 'Shepherds' Field': one belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church and the other, the Catholic site, to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

The origins of the name Beit Sahour (the house of shepherds) reputedly stems from the Canaanite family language words "Beit" meaning place, and "Sahour" meaning night watch, which reflected the importance of the area for shepherds.

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