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Suspicious Fire damages Coptic Church in Ramallah

ICC Note

A newly built church was burned down in the Palestinian city of Ramallah . The police are investigating the cause of the fire.

04/08/2009 Palestine (The Free Copts)-A newly-built Coptic Christian church was severely damaged by fire in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Firefighters and police rushed to put out the blaze but were unable to prevent damage to the interior of the building. A depiction of Jesus was one of the only items to survive the fire.

Palestinian police spokesperson Colonel Adnan Dhmeiri said that an initial investigation had ruled out arson. He said that the fire may have been caused by an employee who discarded a cigarette on the church grounds.

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