West Bank - Settlers Torch Palestinian Home After Israeli Soldier Killed
West Bank - Israeli police say vandals have set fire to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and scrawled graffiti on it.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Thursday’s incident appeared to have come in response to the killing of an Israeli soldier, Eden Attias, the day before by a Palestinian teenager.
The graffiti read “Greetings from Eden. Revenge.” Rosenfeld says the entrance to the house was damaged by the fire.
Several Palestinian children were treated for smoke inhalation and the house in the village of Sinjil in the occupied West Bank, was extensively damaged.
“Suddenly there was fire everywhere, spilling into the kitchen,” Ruwaida Dar Khalil, the mother of the household told Reuters. “We were terrified. We took our young children to hospital after they breathed in the smoke. Thank God they are all right.”
Ribhi Ghafri, the deputy mayor of Sinjil village where the house is located, says the family was inside when their home was set on fire but no one was injured.
Vandals have targeted mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases in recent years in protest against Israeli policies perceived to be pro-Palestinian or in response to attacks against Israelis.
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