The lights of the traditional Christmas tree in Bethlehem came on again on Saturday night, but without the usual audience.

The Palestinian Authority has declared strict interest rate restrictions on the region for the next three weeks.

Spruce lights were also lit remotely using technology.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh turned on the lights of a spruce from his office in Ramallah.

The Palestinian Authority has imposed strict interest rate restrictions on the region.Photo: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS

Normally, Bethlehem has been a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims at Christmas, as the city is home to the Church of the Nativity.

It is built on the place where Jesus is believed to have been born.

Bethlehem is located in the Palestinian Territories on the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

Fireworks were seen in Manger Square when the Christmas tree was lit.Photo: Mosab Shawer / APA Images via ZUMA Wire