According to Quds TV, the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, was reportedly hospitalised on Wednesday, after being exposed to chemical substances, Middle East Monitor reported.

The Archbishop was rushed to hospital after an Israeli gas canister was fired into his church in Jerusalem, he is expected to make a full recovery.

The outspoken Palestinian Christian leader has been a staunch critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its acts of aggression in neighbouring Lebanon and Syria.

Hanna was a notable attendee at last month’s First international Conference on Israeli Apartheid held in Istanbul.

“The occupation in Jerusalem is treating us as if we are guests and foreigners in our own city. This is the embodiment of apartheid policies and practices against our people in Jerusalem specifically and in Palestine more generally,” he said.