Armenian Monk, 23, Wounded In Bethlehem Basilica
ARMENIAN MONK, 23, WOUNDED IN BETHLEHEM BASILICA Not Clear If Shot Came from Israelis or Palestinians
JERUSALEM, APRIL 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- A 23-year-old Armenian monk was seriously wounded this morning in the premises of Bethlehem's Basilica of the Nativity, but not in danger of death.
The monk was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.
"He has still not recovered consciousness," Bishop Shirvanian Aris, director of ecumenical and foreign relations of the Patriarchate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land, told the Misna missionary agency.
"The doctors have stopped the intense hemorrhage and have described his condition as stable. He might possibly be operated on Wednesday night or Thursday morning," the bishop said.
The wounded monk is Armen Fianian, a novice of the Armenian community, which resides in the old monastery of the basilica. He was in his cell when he was hit in the back by a bullet.
"We still cannot confirm if the shot came from the Israeli or Palestinian band," Bishop Aris explained.
The Palestinians holed up in the church blamed Israeli soldiers. For its part, the Israeli army said the monk was wounded by Palestinians who started shooting when Israeli soldiers tried to take medicines and food to the monks.
There are six monks in the buildings of the Armenian Orthodox community. Asked if they would be evacuated, Bishop Aris answered: "It is an issue that is out of the question at this time. The priority now is Armen's health."
For over a week now, more than 200 Palestinians, most of them armed, have been holed up in the basilica. The holy place is surrounded by the Israeli army, which periodically asks the Palestinians to surrender.
"The tension is very high. Frenetic work is being done in the hope of resolving the situation before it explodes in our hands, with new armed action," the spokesman of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, Father David Jaeger, told the Vatican agency Fides.
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- The Armenian PATRIARCHATE of Jerusalem has confirmed that
an Armenian sub-deacon (not a priest or monk, as has been
reported elsewhere) has been shot. He was taken to
Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, where he underwent surgery
to stop excessive bleeding. He is currently in the hospital's
intensive care unit. There is no official word on his
prognosis, but the Patriarchate asks for everyone's prayers.
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