Suspected far-right activists set fire to Palestinian home in 'revenge' for slain IDF soldier

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November 14, 2013 09:26

5 Palestinians suffer smoke inhalation in Ramallah area attack.

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'Tag Mehir' [Price Tag] graffiti [file]

Tag Mehir graffiti 370. (photo credit:Iyad Hadad, B'tselem)

Following the deadly knife attack on an IDF soldier in Afula on Wednesday, suspected far-right activists responded by setting fire to a Palestinian home in the village of Sinjil, northwest of Ramallah early on Thursday morning, an army spokeswoman said.

Five Palestinians who were inside suffered from smoke inhalation, and were evacuated to hospital for treatment. The home sustained damage.

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The IDF condemned the attack, saying it "distracted the attention of security forces from their main mission, which is to combat terrorism, and undermines the relative security in the area."

The attackers also spray painted the words "regards from Eden revenge," referring to the name of the soldier killed in Afula Wednesday, Pvt. Eden Atias.

Atias was laid to rest on Wednesday night after being murdered by a Palestinian teen while on a bus en route to his base.

Earlier Wednesday evening, some 150 people protested at the Afula central bus station, where Atias was murdered, condemning the government's peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported.

The demonstrators noted that Atias' murder was the fourth such attack since talks resumed in July.

Jpost.com staff contributed to this report.

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