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Police forcibly remove Coptic priests blocking Jerusalem church

Israeli Police forcibly removed a group of Coptic priests from the entrance to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre after they attempted to block antiquities workers from carrying out safety repairs in the Christian holy site.

As the Times of Israel reported, one man was arrested after scuffling with officers and refusing to follow police instructions, police said in a statement.

According to Israeli authorities, dozens of priests had been using their bodies to prevent workers from the Israel Antiques Authority from entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City to carry out the work.

It is reminded that custody of the church si shared by the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic denominations under a sensitive status quo agreement. Tensions between Israel and church officials have ramped up in recent months over a plan to tax church properties in Jerusalem.


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