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Israel arrests three settlers over mosque attack

Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement throw stones at Palestinian villagers during clashes in the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibiliya, south of Nablus. -AFP File Photo

JERUSALEM: Three Israeli settlers have been arrested on suspicion of attacking Palestinian and Arab-Israeli property and buildings, including a mosque, police said on Sunday.

“Three residents of the settlements, two adults and a minor, were arrested at the end of the week for acts of vandalism, including participation in the burning of a mosque in northern Israel at the beginning of October,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

He said “more than eight” people in all had been arrested in connection with various attacks against Palestinian and Arab-Israeli property in recent months, including two currently in prison and the three detained last week.

The October 3 attack on a mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria in the northern Galilee, which caused extensive damage, came after a spate of similar incidents.

They have been labelled “price tag” attacks, carried out in revenge for both Israeli government action against settlers and suspected Palestinian attacks.

Although such acts of vengeance normally occur in the occupied West Bank, a similar attack targeted another mosque in Ibtin village in Galilee last year.

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