Israeli forces deploy in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday 5May13 May 5, 2013

Ma’an News Agency    -    4 May 2013

photos-christian-jerusalem-2010-11-15-0011JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces deployed at the the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday as Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter, a Christian official said.

Israeli police set up check points and deployed heavily in the Old City, said Dimitri Diliani, head of the National Christian Coalition in the Holy Land.

Diliani said Israeli security forces were also present in the church and on its roof.

Diliani accused Israel of trying to stop Christians from performing rituals for Holy Saturday and of trying to erase the Christian identity in Jerusalem.

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