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.
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.