96-day church service ends with sheltered family escaping deportation

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By Reuters

AMSTERDAM — A church ended a 96-day-long prayer service to stop an Armenian family being deported from the Netherlands on Wednesday, after the government agreed to make an exception to immigration rules.

Using a law that bars police from entering a place of worship while a service is in progress, hundreds of supporters of the Tamrazyan family have held rites round-the-clock at the Bethel Church in The Hague since Oct. 26.

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