Palestinian police: No evidence Jewish settlers set blaze in Palestinian home


JERUSALEM (JTA) — There is no evidence that a fire in a home in the West Bank Palestinian village of Duma was set by Jewish settlers, Palestinian security officials said.

The fire early Monday morning sent three Palestinian residents to the hospital suffering smoke inhalation and damaged the home, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. The security officials said that they would not rule out any possibilities, however.

A home in Duma was firebombed last month in what was believed to be a nationalist attack by Jewish extremists. Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son, Ali, were killed.

Members of the extended Dawabshe family own the house that suffered the fire on Monday.

Palestinian Authority police said the fire could have been the result of an electrical problem, though Maan reported that unidentified assailants threw flammable material on the house. Israel Fire Services reportedly believe an electrical problem was at fault.

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