Girl attacked in France over Gaza conflict

Jan. 7, 2009 at 9:55 PM

PARIS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Officials say they are concerned that the conflict in Gaza could spark violence between Jews and Muslims in France.

The Times of London reported Wednesday that concerns mounted after three teenagers were arrested for an alleged anti-Semitic attack on a 15-year-old girl north of Paris.

The newspaper reported that the victim was insulted, knocked to the ground, kicked and punched by a gang of 10 youths as she left school. The victim said her attackers told her they were seeking to avenge Palestinians in Gaza.

Her alleged attackers -- who were between 13- and 15-years-old and all from her own school -- were arrested on suspicion of "aggravated violence and anti-Semitic insults," a police source said.

The National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism said it had received about 100 reports of anti-Semitic insults and threats since the start of the conflict in Gaza.

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