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ISRAELI POLICE BREAK UP BRAWL AMONG MONKS.

ISRAELI police burst into one of Christianity's holiest churches yesterday and arrested two clergyman after an argument among monks erupted into a brawl next to the site of Jesus's tomb.

The clash broke out between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, revered as the site of Jesus's crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

It began as Armenian clergymen marched in an annual procession commemorating the 4th Century discovery of the cross believed to have been used to crucify Jesus.

It ended with the arrival of dozens of riot policemen who separated the sides, seizing a bearded Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead.

Both men were taken away in handcuffs.

Six Christian sects divide control of the ancient church. They regularly fight over turf and influence, and Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.

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SCUFFLE Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks scuffle at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2008
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