Christian factions have squabbled for years over who controls which parts of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalemâs divided Old City.
Sometimes they even come to blows.
Priests and worshippers at an Orthodox Palm Sunday celebration on April 20 ended up brawling after Armenian clerics apparently kicked a Greek Orthodox priest out of a shrine at the church â one of Christianityâs holiest.
Police werenât sure what sparked the fist-fight, but friction between the sects has been simmering for centuries. A Muslim keeps the key, and about 150 years ago, theTurks elaborately carved up territory in the church between the feuding Christian factions.
Police are braced for another punch-up when the eastern churches celebrate Easter on April 27 with the centuries-old âMiracle of the Holy Fireâ ceremony.
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