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Chilean Miners Scheduled To Visit Holy Land This Christmas

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JERUSALEM — Israel says the 33 Chilean miners who captured the world's attention surviving 69 days in a collapsed mine have accepted an Israeli invitation to visit the Holy Land for Christmas.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says the Chilean ambassador has confirmed the miners would come.

Palmor says Israel offered the miners an all expenses paid, weeklong tour of Christian holy sites and other attractions over the holidays.

Palmor also says the miners want to bring their families and Israel is considering it. He spoke on Thursday.

The miners were trapped in a San Jose mine following a tunnel collapse on Aug. 5. They were extracted last month in a spectacular rescue operation, ascending from the depths in a narrow capsule as the world watched.