The Christian clergymen were on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem when they were attacked by Israeli settlers. Video footage showed Israeli settlers kicking and punching Very Reverend Father Arbag Sarukhanyan from the Armenian Patriarchate in the middle of the night on Tuesday, as he and a fellow priest headed to the Christian holy site for prayers, according to the WAFA News Agency. Sarukhanyan was rushed to hospital after the assault, where he received treatment before being discharged. “This sinful attack on Christian clerics cannot be separated from the open war of the (Israeli) occupation against Christian and Islamic holy sites, as is the case in the targeting of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Cave of the Patriarchs, as well as the occupation forces’ bombing and destruction of the Latin Church, the monastery of nuns, mosques and others”, a statement by the foreign ministry said.
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