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Palestinian Report: House Set on Fire in West Bank Village of Duma

The building, belonging to the Dawabshe clan whose relatives were killed in last summer's infamous arson attack, was seriously damaged; Israel Police says no evidence of politically motivated crime.

A house in the West Bank village of Duma was torched on Tuesday night, Palestinians reported, blaming Jewish settlers who allegedly hurled firebombs at it - a claim the police contest.
The house, belonging to the Dawabshe family whose relatives were killed in an infamous arson attack in the village last summer, was seriously damaged, but no one was injured in the incident, the report said.
Mohammed Raiq Dawabshe, the father of the family, was lightly hurt as a result of smoke inhalation. He said that he and his family were asleep when he heard noises from the building's surroundings followed by the noise of a light explosion. He added that he and his family managed to escape the house and that he was hurt when he tried to prevent the fire from spreading across the house.
According to Ghassan Daglas, who monitors settlers' activities in the northern West Bank, two firebombs were hurled by settlers at the building, which was then set alight.
Israel Police said that there was no evidence of politically motivated crime at the scene, but that the background to the incident seemed to be criminal.
Palestinian fire fighters reported the incident and their activity at the site, but didn’t provide details on the circumstances of the incident and whether it was a case of arson or if a technical fault led to the fire.

Jack Khoury
Haaretz CorrespondentSchermata 2016 07 20 alle 08.50.56

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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