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Clerics fight at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

A fight broke out at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed over the boundaries of their jurisdictions inside the church.

Police armed with batons and shields stormed the church to restore order, after Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests and monks came to blows during preparations for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

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