Israeli settlers desecrate mosque, rip Quran pages in West Bank town
CCTV footage revealed that masked Israeli occupation settlers broke into a mosque in West Bank's Urif and ripped pages from the Holy Quran.
A group of Israeli occupation settlers broke into a mosque in the occupied West Bank and ripped pages from the Holy Quran before throwing it into the street, CCTV footage revealed.
An Israeli settler accompanied by a dog desecrated the Muslim Holy book in front of a mosque in the Palestinian village of Urif south of Nablus, while a group of masked were on the watch out.
The same men later broke into a school in the village and set fire to a number of its classrooms before attempting to burn down Palestinian homes and mosques in the village.
On Wednesday, one Palestinian was martyred and dozens were injured following an attack by Israeli settlers on the town of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, as settlers ravaged Palestinian villages, setting homes, shops, and cars on fire.
Israeli settlers rampaged through several Palestinian towns in the West Bank on Tuesday night, torching cars, setting farmland on fire, and vandalizing homes, in scenes reminiscent of a pogrom earlier this year in the village of Huwara.
According to local sources, Palestinian youths confronted over 400 armed occupation settlers who attacked the village under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Regional religious war
Palestinian Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Hatem al-Bakri warned of the increased Israeli attacks on mosques across the West Bank
In a statement on Thursday, he condemned the Quran desecration in Urif. “This is an outrageous and unacceptable act. It forms part of the methodology and ideology of the right-wing Israeli administration by allowing radical gangs to carry out attacks and practice their heinous acts, which are rejected by all religions,” he said.
The attack on al-Ribat Mosque in Urif was the second one this week, he noted. “We must assume full responsibility and stop these gangs from attacking our mosques and sanctities,” Bakri stressed, calling on the Palestinian people to defend the Muslim holy sites and demanding that international institutions assume their duties regarding the Israeli attacks.
The ongoing events could push the region into a "religious war with unimaginable consequences," he warned.