On September 26 a fire destroyed the old wing of St. Charbel Maronite Monastery, in Bethlehem. Police sources confirm it was an arson attack.
On September 26 a fire destroyed the old wing of St. Charbel Maronite Monastery, in Bethlehem, causing serious damage to its structure.
The building, which was being renovated, suffered extensive damage.
According to preliminary investigations and to the statement released by Police Authority and by the Chancellor of the Maronite Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Deacon Sobhy Makhoul, the fire was an act of arson.
Bethlehem’s St. Charbel Monastery is located in the suburb of Wadi Maali, in an area inhabited by Christian and Muslim families.
The structure includes several rooms and a small chapel for prayer.
The fire started in the basement and then it spread to other areas of the building.