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Arsonists attacked the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, Israel, leaving the building in ruins. The church was a modern structure built on the site where Christians believe the miracle of the loaves and fishes took place.
NBC News has the story.
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Is Torched
TABGHA, Israel — An arson attack gutted part of the church at the site where Christians believe Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, Israeli officials said Thursday.
A verse from a Hebrew prayer denouncing the worship of “false gods” was spraypainted in red on a wall at the church on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
“Extensive damage was caused to the church both inside and out,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
A spokesman for the fire brigade said a preliminary investigation showed the blaze broke out in several places inside the church, evidence that it was started deliberately.
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