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Swept away

Greek Orthodox and Armenian clergy began hitting each other with the brooms they were using in a Dec. 28 cleaning ritual at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, after an argument ensued over who was sweeping on whose turf.

The site, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, is apportioned among Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic denominations.

Police officers from the Palestinian Authority broke up the brawl, which left no major injuries.


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