Israeli soldiers occupy Episcopal Church hospital
In a phone conversation with the Anglican Bishop of
Jerusalem, the Rt Revd Riah Abu el Assal, the Anglican Communion News Service learned that the Episcopal
Church's hospital in Nablus has been occupied by Israeli soldiers.
"I am in deep shock and dismay at this news from our priest in Nablus," said
Bishop Riah, according to ACNS.
"The parish priest and the hospital administrator of St Like's have been denied access to the building and the priest was warned he would be shot if such an attempt were made".
Details as to the number of
patients inside the building are as yet unconfirmed.
Bishop Riah said there was "real panic" at the
situation and he was deeply concerned for the patients, staff and the local
The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Revd Canon John L. Peterson, expressed his concern at the news and said he hoped Anglicans everywhere would keep Christians in the Holy Land in their prayers.