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Mosque torched, vandalized near Qalqilya
Hebrew messages spray-painted on walls of Brukin village mosque; nearby vehicles vandalized. IDF investigating incident
Hebrew messages were spray-painted on the Ali bin abu Talab mosque in the Brukin village overnight Wednesday. The entrance to the mosque, situated near Qalqilya, was also torched - apparently with a burned tire hurled inside. The windowpanes of two vehicles parked outside the mosque were smashed. The IDF and Israel Police are investigating the incident.


According to a report by the Ma'an news agency, several settlers tried to torch the entrance to the mosque at dawn. The governor of Salfit, an adjacent town, said that a number of settlers tried to torch the entrance to the mosque at around 2 am, wrote slogans and torched a tractor and vehicles belonging to Palestinians.


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The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in response, "The IDF and Defense Ministry are working to trace the perpetrators and view all incidents involving damage to property including holy sites with the utmost severity. "


In early October, unknown vandals torched a mosque at Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee. The words "price tag" "revenge" and "Palmer" – the name of the father and son murdered in a terrorist attack near Kiryat Arba – were spray-painted in the scene.


The incident sparked a wave of riots in the community which involved the torching of a council building, a youth center and a clinic. Rioters clashes with police forces called in to restore order.


On Tuesday, three soldiers from the West Bank were arrested on suspicion of being involved in a "price tag" operation against the IDF. One of the suspects serves as part of a hesder yeshiva in an infantry combat unit.





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