Monks brawl before religious ceremony
- Story Highlights
- Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks punch and kick each other
- Police called to break up fight at Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
- The site is believed to be where Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection occurred
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An unusual sight greeted Jerusalem police as they entered one of Christianity's holiest sites Sunday morning: dozens of monks punching and kicking each other in a massive brawl.
Monks from the Greek Orthodox and Armenian denominations were preparing for a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City when a disagreement led to a full-fledged fist fight.
Many among the dozens of monks came away with cuts and bruises, said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld.
Officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl. They detained two monks, one from each denomination, Rosenfeld said.
Rivalries between the different sects that share control of the church often lead to tensions between the sides.