Approximately 500 Gaza Arab Christians will be permitted to cross into Israeli territory to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. The city has been under Palestinian Authority control since the mid-1990s. Gaza has been under Hamas control since 2007. Bethlehem usually sees a very large turnout of Christian Arabs and Christians from around the world for the annual Christmas celebration. The Israel Defense Forces regulates how many Gaza resides can enter Israeli territory to maintain security protection against potential terrorist threats.