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US repatriates 2,700-year-old artifact to Palestine

The United States repatriates a stolen artifact to Palestine — a historic move between the two countries.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a wooden relic reputed to be part of Jesus's manger, as he speaks with the acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa during a Christmas midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank December 25, 2019. (Photo by MUSSA QAWASMA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The United States repatriated a 2,700-year-old spoon dating to the Assyrian civilization to the Palestinian Authority (PA) this week, in a first such move between the US and Palestine.

The handover took place in Bethlehem on Thursday between American representatives and Palestinian officials, with George Noll, chief of the US Office of Palestinian Affairs, and Rula Maayah, Palestinian minister of tourism and antiquities.

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