Israeli settlers ‘set fire’ to West Bank mosque

A Palestinian man reacts in front of a destroyed mosque after it was hit by an Israeli air strike, on July 29, 2014, in Gaza City.

A Palestinian man reacts in front of a destroyed mosque after it was hit by an Israeli air strike, on July 29, 2014, in Gaza City.

Israeli settlers started a blaze in a mosque near the West Bank town of Ramallah overnight, setting the first floor on fire, Palestinian security officials said Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The settlers set fire to the whole of the first floor of the mosque” in the village of Al-Mughayir, near the Shilo Jewish settlement, the officials said.

Hardline Jewish settlers frequently accompany their revenge attacks with graffiti bearing the legend “price tag” but that was not the case in the latest arson attack, the officials added.

Another mosque in the same village was set ablaze in a similar attack in 2012.

A settler and an Israeli soldier were killed in separate Palestinian knife attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv on Monday.

On Tuesday, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian protester during clashes in the southern West Bank.

Since the current round of violence began exactly five months ago with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of three Israeli teenagers by militants, at least 17 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, according to an AFP count.

 
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