Nablus, 21 Dzulhijjah 1435/14 October 2014 (MINA) – Extremist Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba overnight, locals said.
“A group of settlers broke the doors and windows of the Abu Baker al-Saddiq mosque and vandalized the interior with racist slogans,” said a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity, Ghassan Daghlas.
The settlers then set fire to part of the mosque before being chased away by Palestinian villagers, Ma’an News Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Locals managed to extinguish the fire and prevent it from burning down the whole mosque.
In Jan. 2014, settlers torched a mosque in Salfit and sprayed “Arabs out!” on the building.
Settlers in the occupied West Bank attack Palestinians and their property routinely yet rarely face prosecution by Israeli authorities.
51 days Israeli aggression which tarted last July, has destroyed at least 161 mosques in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian minister of endowments said, 41 mosques were completely destroyed and 120 partially damaged, not to mention a number of other buildings of religious institutions.(T/P008/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)