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Israeli soldier's ID found after arson attack in Nablus

Feb. 26, 2013 6:26 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 8:10 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The identity card of an Israeli soldier was found Tuesday near the scene of an arson attack in the northern West Bank last week, a local official said.

"We found the soldier's identity card only tens of meters away from one of the torched cars, which means the Israeli army was involved in the attack. Thus, we intend to file a complaint," the mayor of Qusra village Abdul-Athim al-Wadi told Ma'an.

Armed settlers attacked Qusra village last Thursday and set fire to six cars, Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said.

At the time of the incident, an Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that soldiers were in the village in the morning and Palestinians had filed a complaint to Israeli authorities, but she had no further details.

The identity card belongs to Daniel Lynda, 20, and was issued in Jerusalem, al-Wadi said.

According to the mayor, villagers turned in the identity card to local officials, who in turn gave it to the Palestinian liaison department.

It was then handed to the Israeli liaison department, who confirmed that the identity card belonged to an Israeli soldier, but that he was not on duty when the cars were set on fire.

Israeli forces reportedly threatened to punish al-Wadi and Qusra villagers if they did not hand the card over to Israeli authorities.

Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that an Israeli rights group informed him that the soldier lives in a settlement in the Jordan Valley and is still enlisted in the Israeli army.
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