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5878Israeli Army Damages Orthodox Church "by Mistake"

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  • kosovo_au
    Jun 3 12:39 AM
      Are these troops from the same army that went into Ramallah, the
      Jenin refugee camp and Bethlehem prepared with detailed maps of the
      location of every alley, `terrorist' centre, bomb factory, corner
      store and stray dog??? Hmmmm.

      Fr Joachim


      Israeli Army Damages Orthodox Church "by Mistake"


      RAMALLAH, West Bank, JUNE 2, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Israeli army
      admitted Saturday that at dawn it damaged an old Orthodox church "by
      mistake," splintering its doors with dynamite.

      The church is located near the village of Abud, some 15 kilometers
      (nine miles) northwest of Ramallah.

      "Nothing made us think that it was a church; it looked like a
      grotto," an Israeli army spokesman told the press, explaining that
      the soldiers were looking for Palestinian suspects.

      "Once inside they saw a cross, realized it was a place of worship,
      and left the place," the spokesman added. He said the army apologized
      to the Palestinians in charge.

      Residents of Abud and Palestinian authorities said the church was
      destroyed by the explosion. They said it was the medireview (sic)
      Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, restored several years ago, although
      it was not used daily.
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