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Home near Nablus 'firebombed by settlers'

Oct. 27, 2011 4:04 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 10:26 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A family in Nablus says Israeli settlers blew up a room in their home and firebombed their jeep early Thursday.

Shaheer Hanini, 40, told Ma'an the family was woken by two blasts at their home in Beit Furik at around 2 a.m.

They found a room at the back of the house burnt out and their jeep, parked in front of the home, on fire. Hanini says he used a water tank to put out the blaze.

Hanini said a gas tank outside the home attached to an oven had been dragged into the living room and set on fire, and he blamed settlers for the attack.

The family's furniture, TV, laptop and cell phone were destroyed in the blast.

Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas said the attack marked an escalation in settler violence. He urged the international community to intervene.

Palestinian People's Party politburo member Nasr Abu Jaish told Ma'an that the incident was an organized and provocative action targeting civilians.

Abu Jaish said parties would meet in Nablus on Thursday to form committees to protect homes and guard communities from further attacks.

David Haivri, an advocate for settlements in the northern West Bank, said his community was unaware of the allegations and doubted their validity.

"We think they're making it up," he told Ma'an.

Meanwhile near Jerusalem, settlers uprooted some 20 olive trees in southern Jerusalem, police official Luba al-Samri said. They vandals left a banner reading "price tag," al-Samri said.

Israeli police are investigating the incident, al-Samri added.

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