Vandals damage mosque in village near Ramallah

Suspects set fire to mosque carpet, scrawl name of evacuated settlement; police and IDF launch joint investigation team.

June 7, 2011 09:56
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Border Police inspect damage, Tuesday

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

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

Far-right graffiti was also found at the site, including the words "El Ain," the name of a settlement outpost which was evacuated by security forces last week, sparking a clash which resulted 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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