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608Fwd: Syrian Orthodox Church Under Siege in Bethlehem

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  • daniel_reji
    Apr 3, 2002
      --- In SOR-Forum@y..., "George Kiraz" <gkiraz@B...> wrote:
      Al-Jazeerah TV reported this morning that the Church of Nativity
      (birthplace of Christ), the Syrian Orthodox Church, and the Church of
      Santa Maria (I think this is the Melkite -- Rum Catholic -- Church)
      are under siege in Bethlehem by Israeli forces. The Churches have
      become a haven for wounded Palestinian civilians and gunmen.
      Patriarch Al-Sabbah of the Roman Catholic Church said that all gunmen
      gave up their weapons upon entering Churches. Israel claims that gun
      men are firing weapons from within the Church of Nativity. Church
      authorities deny this.

      The Syrian Orthodox Church is less than 1/4 mile from the Church of
      Nativity. It is surrounded by a complex of houses owned by the church
      and inhabited by faithful from that church who are also under siege.
      The Syrian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem numbers about 300 families
      most of whom live within a walking distance from the Church.

      George Kiraz

      George A. Kiraz, M.St. (Oxon), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab)
      Gorgias Press
      46 Orris Ave.
      Piscataway, NJ 08854
      Tel. 732-699-0343
      Fax 732-699-0342
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