Palestinian Authority security forces on Saturday night arrested the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad.
He is the most prominent Christian clergyman to be arrested by the PA since its inception in 1994.
The Syriac Orthodox Church of Jerusalem is one of 13 official Churches in the Holy Land. The church is widespread not only in Syria, but also in Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq and India.
Archbishop Murad holds the title of “Patriarchal vicar of the Holy Land and Jordan.” He has been serving in his post since 1996.