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Tis the season to be jolly—but apparently not in Bethlehem where a fight broke out at the centuries-old Church of the Nativity after rival groups of priests clashed over the boundaries of their jurisdictions inside the church
.Several dozen Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests were cleaning the interior of the church when, according to witnesses, two of them began fighting.
The fight quickly escalated, and soon, 50 to 60 priests were exchanging blows with broomsticks.
   Police armed with batons and shields stormed the church to restore order. Palestinian police Maj. Ahed Hasayen said.. “This is an internal problem related to the Nativity church only.,” said Palestinian police spokesman Major Ahed Hasayen. “Police had to interfere to stop the clashes as soon as possible to avoid devastating consequences.” 



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