Claire Gounon
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Palestinians feel 'no joy' as Israel bombs Gaza on Christmas
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2023 - 3:23pm
Palestinians said they felt "no joy" this Christmas as Israel bombed Gaza on Monday, with no end in sight to the war that Hamas says has claimed more than 20,000 lives.
Grim Christmas Eve in Bethlehem as war rages in Gaza
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2023 - 11:31am
Gaza's deadliest ever war cast a pall of gloom over Bethlehem on Christmas Eve Sunday, as the death toll spiraled and Israel shifted its efforts against Hamas to the besieged territory's south.
Pope kicks off Christmas celebrations in shadow of wars
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2023 - 9:00am
Pope Francis on Sunday kicked off global Christmas celebrations with a call for peace, as Israel's war on Hamas and Russia's invasion of Ukraine cast a shadow over one of the world's favourite holidays.
UN agency warns of 'halt' to Gaza aid operations
by Claire Gounon - October 25, 2023 - 3:23pm
A UN agency warned dwindling fuel supplies could force it to stop aid operations in war-riven Gaza on Wednesday, as calls mounted for a humanitarian "pause" in fighting.
Israeli army launches strikes in Syria after rocket fire
by Claire Gounon - April 9, 2023 - 12:23pm
Israel's strike and the rocket attacks from Syria — which no one has claimed — are the latest episode in escalating violence in the region. 
Gaza parents mourn children killed in conflict with Israel
by Claire Gounon - August 10, 2022 - 7:48am
Palestinian mother Rasha Qadoom clutches tight the tiny pink rucksack belonging to her five-year-old daughter Alaa -- which will never again be carried on her little back.
Bethlehem subdued for second pandemic Christmas
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2021 - 9:35am
The city where Christians believe Jesus was born is usually a focal point of the holiday, with thousands packing the streets and filling hotels.
Israel's Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant returns after halted by pandemic
by Claire Gounon - November 19, 2021 - 11:42am
This year's Miss Holocaust Survivor was held just weeks before Israel hosts the Miss Universe pageant in the southern resort city of Eilat, and there are similarities. 
Fully vaccinated? Israel is now open to tourists
by Claire Gounon - November 2, 2021 - 3:17pm
Israel opened up to vaccinated visitors Monday after 20 months of closure, with Jews and Palestinians reliant on tourism voicing cautious hope the pandemic's economic devastation will gradually ease.
Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass
by Claire Gounon - December 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us...
Mysterious artist Banksy unveils dark nativity in Bethlehem
by Claire Gounon - December 24, 2019 - 4:02pm
A manger scene juxtaposed against concrete blocks seemingly pierced by a mortar shell: with Christmas looming, the latest Bethlehem offering by secretive artist Banksy appeared Saturday in the Israeli-occupied West...
At Christmas, Bethlehem says denied full gifts of tourism
by Claire Gounon - December 23, 2019 - 10:27am
Less than an hour after a group of Indian tourists arrive at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, they exit smiling, directly board their bus and head back to Jerusalem.
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