Settlers set fire to West Bank mosque


Settlers set fire to West Bank mosque after Israel demolishes illegal structures in Migron

A mosque in a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem was attacked overnight, residents say.

Two tyres were set on fire and thrown into the mosque in the village of Kasra, near the West Bank city of Nablus, 65km (40 miles) north of Jerusalem, they said.

Villagers said Hebrew graffiti daubed on the Kasra mosque threatened further attacks

Graffiti in Hebrew threatening further attacks had been left on the walls, residents added.

Israeli authorities say they are investigating.

The arson attack was carried out just hours after Israeli police demolished three illegal structures at the nearby hilltop Jewish settlement of Migron.

Settlers may have set fire to the mosque in retaliation, Israeli newspapers suggest.

Increased attacks

There has been sharp rise in violence involving settlers in 2011, the UN says.

In 2011 alone, there have been more than 250 incidents in which Palestinians have been injured or had their property damaged.

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Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestine

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