A mosque in northern West Bank was Tuesday partially destroyed by fire which Palestinians blamed on Jewish settlers but which Israeli investigators said may have been accidental. "The settlers set fire to the mosque," said Jamal Daraghmeh, the mayor of Lubban Ash-Sharqiya, the town where the mosque is located.
But Israeli investigators at the scene said the blaze in the mosque may have been caused by a short-circuit.
Palestinian officials, according to AFP, said Israel had warned them on Monday about the possibility of an attack by local settlers. "We had an official warning yesterday that settlers may try to attack Palestinian homes because of the demolition of houses built without a permit," Nablus governor Jibril al-Bakri told AFP.