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UNITED NATIONS Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Nere Arancio Scontate , Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned an arson attack by Palestinian protesters against Joseph's Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank, saying he "looks forward to a thorough investigation to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice."

The secretary-general "welcomes (Palestinian) President Mahmoud Abbas' immediate condemnation of the attack and his announcement that a committee has been established to conduct a full investigation of this crime," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

"This reprehensible act is yet another example of the escalating violence in the region, threatening to further inflame sensitivities owing to the religious significance of Joseph's Tomb," the statement said.

"The secretary-general calls on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites Donne Nike Air Max 270 Trainers Rosa Bianche Scontate , refrain from any inflammatory actions or statements and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation into a religious conflict," the statement added.

Abbas ordered an immediate investigation on Friday after Palestinians torched a holy site revered by Jews in Nablus, north of the West Bank.

The president totally condemned the attack, saying these "unlawful acts harm our culture, religion and morals."

Dozens of protesters had earlier broken into the "Joseph Tomb" shrine Donne Nike Air Max 270 Trainers Rosa Chiaro Grigie Scontate , destroyed its interior and set it on fire.

The flames damaged parts of the place before Palestinian security forces put off the fire and dispersed the Palestinian men. No injuries were reported.

The Israeli army vowed to track down assailants and bring them to justice.

Thousands of Jewish settlers repeatedly visit the Joseph Tomb site to conduct prayers and perform religious rituals, as they believe the site is the resting place of Propeht Joseph.

Settlers usually come to the site at night under the protection of the Israeli army, following coordination with the Palestinian National Authority as the site falls under its security control.

However, Palestinians believe the site belongs to a holy man from the city of Nablus.

Wu Ze (R) wins against Yang Jianbing and to become the champion of the ONE Guangzhou Flyweight Tournament. [Provided for chinadaily]

Overseas organizers of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events are swarming into China, the birthplace of kung fu Uomo Nike Air Max 270 Trainers Scuro Blu Bianche Scontate , one of the most popular types of martial arts, hoping to tap the gold mine in "the world's biggest market" as the governing body loosens its grip on the sports industry.

World Series of Fighting, also known as WSOF and an American MMA promotion based in Las Vegas, opened its Greater China headquarters in Haikou, Hainan province Uomo Nike Air Max 270 Nere Verde Scontate , on Sunday.

WSOF is expected to stage a debut event in China on Hainan Island in October, adding to the surfing island's charm to sports fans with exciting MMA matches.

ONE Championship, the largest MMA organization in Asia, turned up at South China metropolis Guangzhou with a night of heart-thumping action on June 20.

It was the second event that ONE Championship has staged in China after making a debut in Beijing in 2014.

Fighters from all around the globe battled inside the ONE cage at the sold-out game in Guangzhou. In the main event, Russian fighter Timofey Nastyukhin defeated Yusuke Kawanago from Japan.

Chinese fighters also took the spotlight with spectacular clashes of featherweights and flyweights. Huang Diyuan became winner of the ONE Guangzhou Featherweight Tournament after defeating Ma Jiawen Uomo Nike Air Max 270 Verde Scontate , while Wu Ze took home the win against Yang Jianbing and became the champion of the ONE Guangzhou Flyweight Tournament.

Loren Mack, senior director of public relations of ONE Championship, described the development of MMA in Asia as "astronomical".

Founded in Singapore in 2011, ONE Championship has rapidly grown into Asia's largest MMA organization with a global broadcast to more than 1 billion homes across 75 countries, partnering with FOX and STAR Sports.

With more than 90 percent of the market share in Asia Uomo Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Nere Scontate , ONE Championship now stages 24 events a year.

"We are tremendously optimistic about MMA's prospect in China," Mack told China Daily.

"China is the birthplace of kung fu, with stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan having won fans all over the world.Chinese audiences can watch MMA matches with no volume on TV," Mack added.

"They can understand the fight and the skills, which makes the fight more entertaining for them to watch."

The senior PR director of ONE Championship said that he has seen the demand for MMA events in China grow with the media and business partners inviting the organizer to come back after the first ONE Championship event in the country was held in Beijing last year.

Mack revealed that his organization is planning to stage MMA events in Shanghai Nike Air Max 270 Trainers Nere Scontate , Chengdu and Xi'an in the future.

Chinese people's interest in MMA has grown over the past years.

Unbeatable, a Hong Kong movie featuring two fighters who regain their courage in the face of life's breakdowns while preparing for MMA matches, met with considerable critical and public acclaim and won a box office of more than 100 million yuan ($16 million) in 2013.

Martial arts such as Muay Thai and Jiu-Jits have become popular fitness courses in gyms springing up across China.

"Some people mistake MMA as a brutal game, but actually it's a safe sport. Unlike boxing, a MMA fighter doesn't need to punch more than the other to win nike air max 270 tiger scontate ," Mack said, adding that ONE championship ensures the safety of fighters by monitoring their health condition all the time.

"MMA is about respect, discipline and self-control. Males and females can get involved in the sport at different levels such as making it a fitness course. It's good for both body and mind," he said.

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