Jews Torch Mosque in Tiberias in Revenge Attack

Published October 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jewish residents of Tiberias torched an abandoned mosque in the northern Israeli town late Saturday, in a revenge attack following the ransacking of a Jewish sacred site, inhabitants told AFP. 

The attackers broke into the mosque, which had been closed down and locked for years, and lit fires inside. 

Police intervened after being alerted by neighbors and extinguished the flames before searching for the perpetrators. 

Earlier Saturday, at another hotspot, Joseph's Tomb near Nablus in the West Bank, the Israeli army withdrew its forces in a gesture to reduce tension. 

Despite the pleas of the Palestinians' governor for Nablus, dozens of Palestinians promptly destroyed the shrine. 

Demonstrators hoisted an Islamic flag over the site, and Amin Maqbul, an official from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's faction Fatah, told the crowds: "Today was the first step to liberate al-Aqsa." -- TIBERIAS, Israel (AFP) 

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