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Israel police say they have arrested suspects in arson attack on famous Holy Land church

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, an Israeli firefighter works at the site of a fire that caused heavy damage to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the  Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, an Israeli firefighter works at the site of a fire that caused heavy damage to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, a nun looks at damage to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the  Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, a nun looks at damage to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, partially burnt prayer books and leaflets lay in the heavily damaged  Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the  Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 file photo, partially burnt prayer books and leaflets lay in the heavily damaged Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish after an arson attack overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, northern Israel. Israeli police said on Sunday, July 12, 2015, that they have arrested a number of suspects, without elaborating on their identity, in last month's arson attack on the Catholic church. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists on one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say they have arrested a number of suspects in last month's arson attack on a famous Catholic church in the Holy Land.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld would not elaborate on the identity of those arrested Sunday. The fire is believed to be an attack by Jewish extremists.

The fire broke at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish damaged the roof and burned prayer books.

The building sits atop the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church. The church marks the traditional spot of Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fish, and is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. It is one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.