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Thousands mark Easter eve in Jerusalem Orthodox church

Each year, Orthodox Christians rush to Church of Holy Sepulchre to mark day of crucifixion and resurrection of Christ

30.04.2016
Thousands mark Easter eve in Jerusalem Orthodox church Orthodox Christians attend the "Holy Fire" parade on Holy Saturday ahead the Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in West Bank on April 30, 2016. Holy Fire is described by Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday. ( Muammar Awad - Anadolu Agency )

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JERUSALEM

Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to hold their "Holy Fire" ceremony on the eve of their Easter celebrations.

Each year, Orthodox Christians rush to the church in commemoration of the day of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

On Saturday, they lit candles from the “Holy Fire”.

Israeli police established iron barricades on all the streets of the old city leading up to the church.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba Samiri said ritual ended without any incident.

The “Holy Fire” will next travel to other Orthodox countries such as Russia, Greece, Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Moldova and Jordan.

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