Ramallah - A Palestinian official says an attack against a mosque in the West Bank ignited a fire that destroyed its first floor. He blamed Jewish settlers for the attack.
Mayor Faraj al-Naasan says the fire broke out before dawn on Wednesday in the town of al-Mueir, north of Ramallah.
He says that "only Jewish settlers would do this," citing a previous settler attack against another mosque in the same town two years ago and frequent settler attacks against vehicles and olive groves there.
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Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police are deployed outside the mosque but that "disturbances" that are underway in the town are preventing an investigation.
The attack comes as Israeli-Palestinian tensions are soaring, mostly over competing claims to a Jerusalem holy site.