Priests, monks brawl in Bethlehem church

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:56 EDT
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Inside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. Photo via Flickr, Guillaume Paumier.
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Instead of a peaceful gathering during the holiday season, some religious figures engaged in a contentious scene inside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on Wednesday morning.

According to the Associated Press, almost 100 Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic priests clashed inside the church, swinging brooms at each other.

Both groups fought over space during the cleaning of the church for Orthodox Christians celebrations in January. The fight was broken up by Palestinian police using batons and shields.

WATCH: Video from The Guardian, which was published on December 28, 2011.

[Photo credit: Guillaume Paumier/Flickr]

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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