Jerusalem: Diocese condemns Israeli attack on Anglican church

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St Andrew’s Church, Ramallah (credit: ICN)
The Israeli raid on Al-Haq left a church community in terror.

By Independent Catholic News | Aug 19, 2022

The community living inside the church compound felt unsafe during the assault: The sound of gunshots, stun grenades, and the smashing of doors caused terror among the families living inside the compound.

The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East has condemned a “shocking” raid by Israeli soldiers on the premises of their church in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In the following statement released later in the day the actions of the Israeli forces involved in the incident are described as “a violation of international law and a terroristic act against the entire community”

The full statement follows:

Early this morning around 3am, Israeli forces made an unannounced and unwarranted raid on the premises of St Andrew’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Ramallah. Making a forced entry, the soldiers wrecked the church’s entrance by smashing through the door’s lock and security glass. For two hours, Israeli soldiers occupied the entire complex, which includes the church sanctuary, parish hall, church offices, rectory, and the Arab Episcopal Medical Center.

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