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Palestinians blame Israeli settlers for arson attack

Arab World Materials 21 August 2012 12:31
Israeli settlers are suspected of setting fire on Tuesday to a house in the northern West Bank
Palestinians blame Israeli settlers for arson attack

Israeli settlers are suspected of setting fire on Tuesday to a house in the northern West Bank, a local Palestinian official said, dpa reported.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settler activities in the northern West Bank, said no one was harmed in the arson attack near the West Bank city of Nablus.

He said residents awakened by the fire were able to extinguish it before it spread.

According to Daghlas, the house is located very close to the Jewish settlement of Havat Gilad. He said Palestinians saw about a dozen settlers in the area before the fire was detected.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers arrived at the scene soon after the arson, and began combing the area for the perpetrators.

Radical Israeli settlers have targeted Palestinian property, including mosques, in a campaign known as "price tag," to extract revenge for Palestinian violence and plans by Israeli authorities to clear settler outposts built without government approval.

Settler violence against Palestinians is on the rise.

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