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In photos: Bethlehem mourns Jordanian pilot slain by IS

Feb. 6, 2015 7:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2015 7:35 P.M.)

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The brutal killing of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the Islamic State group has triggered widespread horror and outrage across Palestine, and hundreds have taken part in rallies denouncing the act and in solidarity with the Jordanian people.

In many towns banners have been erected denouncing IS and praising the young man who was burned alive after his place crashed in Syria during an air raid against the group.

In Bethlehem, a crowd of around 250 people gathered to hold a vigil in al-Kassasbeh's memory on Friday night in Manger Square beside the Church of the Nativity, remembering his sacrifice and calling for justice.

Mourners held signs reading "Jordan and Palestine: one people, one blood" and held candles aloft in memory of the pilot.

Other signs called him a "hero" in the fight against the Islamic State group, which has overrun nearly one-third of Iraq and Syria in the last year-and-a-half and displaced hundreds of thousands with its ruthless tactics.

(MaanImages/Iris Brito Stevens)

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