Street artist Banksy has created a nativity scene depicting Jesus's birth in front of a bomb-blasted wall in Bethlehem.

The artwork has popped up on the side of the Walled Off Hotel and is a collaboration between the artist and the hotel's management team.

Dubbed the 'Scar of Bethlehem' in a post on the artist's Instagram page, the work shows Jesus's manger in front of Israel's separation barrier.

The wall appears to have been punctured by a bomb blast, which has created a hole in the shape of a star.

The words 'Love' and 'Peace' are spray-painted onto the wall behind the manger scene onto the manger scene, along with a skull.

Appearing just days before Christmas, the scene has been created to depict life for Palestinians living in the West Bank.

The piece has appeared in the Walled Off Hotel, Banksy's hotel that overlooks the Bethlehem wall

Bethlehem Walled Off manager Wissam Salsaa told the BBC Banksy was trying to be a voice for those who could not speak.

"It is a great way to bring up the story of Bethlehem, the Christmas story, in a different way," he said.

The Walled Off Hotel sells itself boasting 'The worst view in the world', and sits in front of the eight-metre high concrete wall built by Israel to encage Bethlehem.

The Walled Off Hotel is located in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem

Each of the rooms in the hotel, which opened in 2017, overlooks a section of the vast concrete wall.

Many also feature pieces of the artist's work, many of which are about the conflict in the area.

Controversy surrounds the barrier; the Israeli government says the barrier is to prevent terror attacks, while Palestinians say it's territorial, aimed at grabbing land.

Many of the hotel's rooms feature pieces of work created by the well known street artist

The wall has been declared illegal by the International Court of Justice under international law.

The nativity scene follows on from another of Banksy's takes on social issues earlier this month, when he unveiled a mural on a Birmingham wall depicting a rough sleeper being carried off by reindeer.

The mural was paired with a video posted on his Instagram page, showing a homeless man being flown into the sky by the reindeer on the wall.

All of the hotel rooms overlook a section of the huge concrete wall

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A caption accompanying the video praised locals who witnessed the video being filmed and had offered help to the man.

"God bless Birmingham," it said.

"In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter - without him ever asking for anything."