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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