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PA official: Extremists torch Palestinian car

Feb. 26, 2011 11:15 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2011 9:27 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Extremist settlers attacked a village in the occupied West Bank and torched a Palestinian car, an official said Saturday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israel's northern settlements, told Ma’an that settlers from an illegal outpost attacked the home of Bashir Az-Zein in Burin.

They poured fuel on the car and set it ablaze, then they started to set fire to the house from outside before the family stopped them, the official said. Israeli forces arrived and sent the settlers away, he added.

Accounts of settler vandalism are on the rise.

Residents of the illegal Yitzhar settlement on Friday set fire to a bulldozer, Daghlas said. A group of Israelis attacked a village northeast of Ramallah and ruined wheat fields.

Before that in Jit, settlers sprayed racist graffiti and punctured tires of cars, Daghlas added.

The Israeli army said its Civil Administration branch had received a complaint and would investigate. Settlers could not be reached for comment on the Jewish Sabbath.

In the past, settlers have accused the Palestinians of playing a "blame game" to try to discredit them.

The region, with several hardline settlements in close proximity to Palestinian villages, has been a frequent flashpoint for clashes.

In the preceding week, settlers set fire to two vehicles in Burin and threw a Molotov cocktail at a home, uprooted olive trees planted by UNRWA officials, and injured two others in a mob attack.

AFP contributed to this report.
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