Mosque vandalized in suspected 'price Tag' attack

Arsonists set fire to Ramallah mosque carpet, scrawl graffiti, including "Alei Ayin," the name of demolished outpost, on walls.

By REUTERS
June 7, 2011 10:19
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Border Police inspect damage, Tuesday

Border police Nablus mosque 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Police have launched an investigation into a West Bank mosque arson attack on Tuesday. Palestinians from the village of al-Muayar, near Ramallah reported that a carpet in the mosque was set fire in the early hour of the morning. "A joint police IDF investigation was launched.

"We believe suspects set fire to a tire inside the mosque," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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The attackers daubed the walls with the words "price tag", Rosenfeld said, a phrase right-wing settlers have adopted to signal retribution for any Israeli moves against settlement-outposts built without government authorization.

However, "no fire damage was observed on the walls," he added. A police forensics team arrived on the scene and began taking evidence.

The words "Alei Ayin," the name of a settlement outpost which was evacuated by security forces last week, were also scrawled on the walls. The evacuation of Alei Ayin sparked a clash resulting in several injuries among right-wing activists and police.

Police suspect the arson incident could be linked to last week's outpost clearance.

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