Accessibility links

Breaking News

More Protests in Nazareth Over Shrine Incident


Protesters in the Israeli town of Nazareth have taken to the streets for a second day to protest an incident in which a Jewish man and his family detonated firecrackers in a Christian shrine.

Hundreds of people peacefully marched through the town Saturday, accusing Israeli authorities of not doing enough to protect holy sites of all faiths.

Friday's incident triggered panic in the Basilica of the Annunciation and rioting by local residents outside the church.

Authorities say at least 12 people were injured in the melee, before order was restored.

Israeli police said the man has a history of mental illness, and had previously threatened to attack other churches in Israel.

The Basilica is built at the site of the Annunciation, where Christians believe the archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she had been chosen by God to bear His son, Jesus.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.