Fistfights broke out Saturday among about 100 worshipers at the 900-year-old church built over the site where tradition says Jesus was buried and resurrected.

No one was hurt in the 10-minute scuffle at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which broke out when Syrian Orthodox worshipers tried to get into the overcrowded church in Jerusalem's Old City.The church was packed with pilgrims and tourists for festivities surrounding the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated on Sunday.

Israeli police, thinking the Syrian Orthodox worshipers were part of a demonstration, initially blocked them from entering, said Jack Khazmo, a Syrian church official.

"The Syrians thought it was the Armenians preventing their entry and clashes broke out," Khazmo said, describing the whole incident as a misunderstanding.

An Armenian Orthodox priest, who gave his name as Zaccharia, said "It was not really a fight. We just pushed each other, and now it is over."

Young clergymen in black cassocks took part in the scuffle.

The melee broke out about an hour before the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Diodoros I, emerged from the tomb where tradition holds Jesus was buried to conduct a ritual candlelighting ceremony.