Fire in B'tselem office likely due to electrical fault, not arson

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January 11, 2016 10:32

 
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JERUSALEM - A fire that destroyed the offices of one of Israel's leading human rights groups was likely caused by a short circuit, not by arson, an Israeli fire brigade official said on Monday.

The fire broke out late on Sunday at the offices of B'Tselem, an Israeli group that monitors human rights in Palestinian territories. No one was hurt.

The fire raised speculation of a possible link to a string of vandalism attacks by far-right activists, which have targeted churches, mosques, Palestinian property and a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem.

Fire investigators found no evidence of arson, the head of the fire department's Jerusalem precinct, Eli Peretz, told Army Radio. "It is highly likely the cause was a short circuit," he said.

Last week, two Israelis were charged with murder over the death of a Palestinian baby and his parents in the West Bank last year after their home was set on fire.

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