US president Donald Trump is wrapping up his two-day visit to the region Tuesday, with a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and a keynote address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
A suspected suicide bombing in Manchester, UK, that left at least 19 dead will likely cast a dark shadow over the visit, as British police probe the attack.
Palestinians protest for hunger strikers in Bethlehem
Not far from the presidential palace in Bethlehem, dozens of Palestinians are protesting in support of hunger striking inmates in Israeli prison, who are 37 days into their fast.
A number of people hold up photos of prisoners refusing food and some water for better prison conditions.
Abbas reportedly plans to bring up their plight during his meeting with Trump.
The protest near the Church of the Nativity is reportedly the reason Trump will not visit the holy site.
Trump greeted by Palestinian officials, no selfies, meeting starts
Trump goes down a greeting line, shaking hands with Palestinian officials, religious figures and security leaders, and then disappears behind closed doors for talks with Abbas.
Unlike in Israel, nobody tries to take a selfie with him.
Trump, Abbas welcomed by Palestinian honor guard
The two leader stand at attention while listening to their respective national anthems. In contrast to Trump’s welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport where he and Israeli leaders were surrounded by advisers and diplomats, only the two stand together in Bethlehem.
Trump Abbas meet in Bethlehem
Trump exits his limo and shares a warm handshake and photo op with Abbas. He is handed a bouquet of flowers from children and is then greeted by an honor guard as he and oppose speak briefly while walking.