//Israeli family sets off explosions in Nazareth's holy Catholic church

Israeli family sets off explosions in Nazareth's holy Catholic church

A car burns fter having been set alight by rioters in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation in the northern Israeli town of Nazareth on Friday. An Israeli couple and their daughter used a baby stroller to smuggle firecrackers and small gas canisters into the Basilica of the Anunciation on Friday evening and set off a series of explosions, witnesses said, sparking a large riot, in which two dozen people, including 13 police officers, were hurt. The attackers Habibi, his Christian wife Violet and their 20-year-old daughter were treated at a hospital before being taken into custody. Habibi’s daughter told investigators her parents had wanted to create a provocation to draw attention to their economic troubles and protest that two of their children had been taken from them by the Israeli authorities, Yaakov Sigdon, a police commander in northern Israel, told Israel Radio.

Archbishop Elias Shakur, the top Roman Catholic official in Nazareth, while praising the Israeli response, said, "It is not enough. It’s a big tragedy for all of us in Israel, for Christians, for having their most holy places spoiled and used in a barbaric way." The Basilica of the Anunciation is built on the site where Christians believe the Angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary and foretold the birth of Jesus

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