On the eve of Ramadan, fighting breaks out in a mosque in Greece. Apparently there are conflicting reports. The Wahhabis weren't welcome according to one version; another said it was Sunni vs Shia.
“After the end of Ramadan, I hope that tensions will ease,” said Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou. No comment from Obama during his Ramadan celebration.
A CLASH involving at least 100 people – some reports say 500 – using stones, sticks and pipes took place on Monday night at Omeriye Mosque in Nicosia, following the ejection of one group of worshippers who followed a different interpretation of Islam to the majority of those present.
Five of those involved in the clash were injured severely enough to be taken to Nicosia General Hospital, and they were released after receiving first aid. A car was also damaged.
There are differing and often contradictory accounts of what exactly happened and why. According to one version, the ejected group were Pakistani Shia Muslims, while another account says they were Wahhabis either from or influenced by Saudi Arabia.
CyBC reported that the clash was between “around 500 Sunni and Shia Muslims”.
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Another incident involving worshippers at the Omeriye Mosque had occurred on Sunday night, during a pop concert by Greek artist Pantelis Thalassinos at the Erodos Café and Restaurant next the mosque, while evening prayers were taking place.
Worshippers became angry when their prayers were interrupted at 9.30pm by the start of the concert, and one or two people expressed their anger by starting to throw stones at the assembled crowd. Police intervened quickly, and calm was restored by mosque officials.
UPDATE: The constant agitators are causing trouble in Greece too, incidentally.