Police investigating suspected hate crime attack on Palestinian West Bank house

No injuries reported; police also find the word "revenge" spray-painted in Hebrew on outside walls of the home.

December 31, 2014 13:23

Scene of suspected hate crime attack on a Palestinian house in the West Bank‏.. (photo credit: B'TSELEM)

Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are investigating a possible “price tag” attack in a West Bank village, after unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail into a Palestinian home early Wednesday morning.

Judea and Samaria police said Wednesday morning that they had received a report of four masked men coming to the village of al-Dirat, southeast of Hebron and shattering a window at the front of the house before throwing the fire bomb into the living room and causing a fire that left the floors and walls scorched.

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Police added that the word “revenge” had been spray-painted in Hebrew on a nearby wall.

The NGO B’Tselem said that the words “Kingdom of Israel” had also been spray-painted nearby.

In addition, the organization cited a resident of the house, Mahmoud al-Amra, as recounting that he had awakened around 3 a.m. after hearing the window shatter, and had then seen three masked people flee in a car after throwing the bottle.

He added that his eight children had been sleeping in a room next to the one that caught fire, but that no one was hurt.

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