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Virgin Mary ‘weeping oil’ attracts thousands to Israeli town

A Christian family from from Tarshiha, near the Lebanon border, say they have witnessed a miracle.

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A statue of the Virgin Mary, which residents say "weeps" oil, has prompted some 2,000 people to flock to a small town in northern Israel to view it.

A Christian family from from Tarshiha, near the Lebanon border, said Tuesday they have witnessed a miracle.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Osama Khoury said that his wife Amira found the statue "covered with oil" recently.

Amira said the statue "spoke to her" and told her not to be afraid. After a neighbor witnessed the oil, word soon spread.

The Khoury family says the statue leaves many in awe when a "tear" appears to roll down the statue's cheek and that 2,000 people have come to see the statue over the last week.

“Parts of the statue appear to be slick with moisture, even after it is wiped off,” the news agency reported.