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Christians flock to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday celebrations

Thousands of Christian worshipers celebrating Palm Sunday in Jerusalem line the streets in and around the Old City for the annual processions that mark the start of Holy Week, which leads up to Easter.

Outside Damascus gate, the Orthodox and Catholic church scouts accompany clergymen in the procession down the Mount of Olives back towards their respective churches in the Old City.

Christian scouts take part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the Old City in Jerusalem on April 9, 2017. (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel)
Christian scouts take part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the Old City in Jerusalem on April 9, 2017. (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel)

Several thousand local Christians, pilgrims and tourists attend the annual celebration under heavy police guard.

— Ilan Ben Zion

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