Brooms being thrown in the fight
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Priests brawl at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

28 December 2011 Last updated at 17:49 GMT

A fight broke out at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Wednesday after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed over the boundaries of their jurisdictions inside the church.

Police armed with batons and shields stormed the church to restore order during the preparations for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

Jon Donnison reports from the West Bank.