Fwd: Syrian Orthodox Church Under Siege in Bethlehem
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--- 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 A. Kiraz, M.St. (Oxon), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab)
46 Orris Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
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