Brawl Breaks out in Jerusalem Church
BBC News reported that a fist fight broke out Sunday between Greek and Armenian Orthodox clergymen at one of Christianity's holiest sites.
Police were called to break up the brawl, which erupted at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Orthodox Palm Sunday.
The church is shared by several Christian denominations, so fights are not uncommon.
Witnesses say this particular one erupted when an Armenian preist forcibly removed a Greek priest from an area near the tomb of Jesus.
They also said the perpetrator felt the Greek priest had been at the tomb for too long.
Police reported being beaten back by worshippers bearing palm fronds after arriving at the scene.
Two Armenians were detained by police, which prompted supporters to rally in protest outside of the police station.
Historically, rivalry between the six different churches which uneasily share the Holy Sepulchre began in the aftermath of the crusades and the split between Eastern and Western Christianity in the 11th Century.
Each of the six denomination grudgingly guards and controls its own portion of the church site.