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Synagogue vandalized in West Bank

April 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

MITZPE YERIHO, West Bank, April 4 (UPI) -- Vandals broke into a synagogue in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank early Thursday, damaging a Torah scroll and breaking furniture, officials said.

The break-in occurred in Mitzpe Yeriho, about 12 miles east of Jerusalem, the newspaper Arutz Sheva reported. A representative for the settlement said the damage in a compound that also contained a school appeared to be the work of two "terrorists."

"The terrorists passed through the local yeshiva, they created a great deal of damage, destroying books and throwing a Torah scroll on the floor," the representative said. "They also destroyed many objects and items in the yeshiva. By way of miracle there were no injuries or worse."

While officials said the motive for the vandalism was unclear, Israeli soldiers and police raided nearby Palestinian villages looking for suspects.

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Topics: Arutz Sheva
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