Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Palestinian security forces say a group of Israeli settlers set fire to mosque over night near the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. The attack took place in the village of al Mughayir, near the Israeli settlement of Shilo. The settlers destroyed the entire ground floor of the mosque. In the same village another mosque was destroyed in 2012.
Such incidents are often carried out
by extremist Israeli groups
who leave graffiti and slogans on the walls as
"a tag price" to be paid for being enemies of Israel. Sometimes even Christian buildings have suffered the same fate.
This time there is no graffiti and the Palestinian security forces link the gesture to the growing tension over clashes on the Temple Mount and the Palestinian activists attacks on pedestrians at bus stops. In recent days, a woman and an Israeli soldier were stabbed to death. Yesterday, a young 22 year-old Palestinian, Imad Jawabreh, was killed during clashes with police in the Occupied Territories, near Hebron, near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba. The young man, along with hundreds of demonstrators, had launched rocks and Molotov cocktails at cars and police.