|Thursday, 14 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-24
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Thousand of Christmas Pilgrims in BethlehemThousands of Christian pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas under the protection of security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. About 500 security men arrived from the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho to provide security for the holiday. Similar deployments have taken place across the West Bank over the past year with U.S. backing.
"We expect about 40,000 visitors in Bethlehem this week," said Khouloud Daibes-Abu Dayyeh, the Palestinian Authority's minister of tourism. Tourism collapsed here when a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation began in 2000. But this Christmas, the Palestinian tourism minister says, hotel occupancy is peaking. Palestinians say the Israeli barrier is a major obstacle to peace that cripples trade and turns off foreign tourists. In Gaza, Palestinian Christians will not celebrate this year Christmas protesting against the Israeli barrier.
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 Shops Closed at December 28News
Prefecture Council of Athens rejected the proposal shops to remain open on Sunday, December 28 in the 48 prefectures that belong to Athens Prefect. Vice prefect, Charis Pasvadidis initiated the rejection of the demand saying that employees did not consent.
Piraeus Prefect Council also rejected the demand and stressed in its announcement: "Unfortunately what we see is that another extra measure of relief of our colleagues of Athens and Thessaloniki shopping center that was hit by recent riots recently turned into an object of exploitation for the abolition of the privilege of Sunday leisure.
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 Exodus for Holidays to be Marked with Rain and TrafficCoach and train stations, as well as airports and ports have been very busy today. Elftherios Venizelos Airport has scheduled 2,409 take offs and landings as of today to Friday, 91 of which will be charter flights and 40 extraordinary flights.OSE (Hellenic Railways Organisation) capacity has reached 100% on Athens - Thessaloniki line, despite the fact that additional wagons have been added.
Demand in Kifissos interurban coach station has risen by 30%, while dozens of itineraries have been added.Sea service is expected to run smoothly since the National Meteorological Service has not forecast any gusty winds blowing in the sea during the four-day Christmas holiday. The Traffic Police have taken extra measures on the two national roads to secure a safe exodus Athens and Thessaloniki.
Low Temperatures across Greece
Cars heading to Mt Parnasos from Fterolaka and from Volos to Zagora, as well as from Florina to Kastoria through Vitsi should be equipped with anti-skid chains.Extraordinary Weather ForecastThe National Meteorological Service has issued a fresh weather forecast as per which the weather will deteriorate.The weather will deteriorate on Friday, 26/12/08 with rainfalls and snowfalls across Greece, turning heavy at places. Snowfalls will be heavy are the following:
1. Western and Central Macedonia (highlands and low-altitude areas)2. Thessaly (altitude over 300 metres)3. Epirus (altitude over 500 metres)4. Mainland (altitude over 600 metres)5. The Peloponnese (altitude over 800 metres)The same weather will continue on Saturday 27/12/08; however, on Sunday, the weather will improve in northern Greece, Epirus, Northern Ionio, western Mainland and eastern Aegean islands.
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