West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinians in the streets at evening on the last day of the holy month of Ramadan

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In a region where the lives of cities can often be measured in terms of millennia, Ramallah – little more than a hamlet until the late 19th century – is a veritable new kid on the block. But the de facto capital of the Palestinian Territories has made up for lost time: today it is a vibrant, bustling and cosmopolitan city that is the West Bank's political and economic heart.


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