Qaser al-Yahud: The site of Jesus Christ’s baptism is full of land mines

The proud dome of the Franciscan chapel is pockmarked with bullet holes and the windows which once looked over the spot of Jesus Christ’s baptism were broken long ago.

Metal gates that used to fly open to welcome Catholic pilgrims are now locked shut and a sign warns visitors of land mines and unexploded artillery shells.

No one has set foot inside the church in nearly half a century but Israeli military records indicate its doors may be rigged with booby traps and improvised bombs.