Christians celebrate Easter in Holy Land amid tight security

Christians from around the globe celebrated Easter in the Holy Land Sunday, amid tight security especially in Jerusalem's walled Old City, where celebrations were under way in the historic Christian and Armenian Quarters.

The top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, led Mass in the Christian Quarter's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ.

The almost 1,700-year-old structure is scheduled to undergo renovation works after the Greek Orthodox Easter, which falls this year on May 1.  

Jerusalem and the rest of Israel and the Palestinian areas have witnessed a wave of street violence, including scores of knife attacks by Palestinians protesting perceived Israeli violations at a disputed Jewish-Muslim holy site and the ongoing occupation.

Police were patrolling the Old City in large numbers and checking identity cards to safeguard the Holy Week events, which this year partially coincide with the Jewish Purim holiday.

Last update: Sun, 27/03/2016 - 12:11
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