Vandals set fire to mosque in West Bank village

Palestinian residents of Orif, near Nablus, blame settlers for the arson; IDF says it is investigating the incident.

By REUTERS
November 19, 2012 11:48
'Price tag' attack on mosque

'Price tag' attack on mosque 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

Vandals set fire to the entrance of a West Bank mosque on Monday, damaging the door, in an attack that villagers blamed on Jewish settlers.

Residents of the Palestinian village of Orif, near the city of Nablus, claimed a group of settlers from a nearby settlement came to the mosque before dawn, poured gasoline on an old carpet near the mosque's door, and set it ablaze.

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"The settlers tried to break into the mosque, but it was locked," Orif resident Issam al-Safadi told Reuters.

"So they settled with burning the old carpet and the door," he added.

The IDF said it was called to the scene and is investigating the incident.

The incident comes in the sixth day of Operation Pillar of Defense, in which the IDF has attacked over 1,300 targets in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

Protests against the operation have been taking place throughout the West Bank since the weekend, often turning into clashes with security forces.

JPost.com staff contributed to this report.


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