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Police investigating Christmas tree arson in West Bank

A child poses for a picture before the giant Christmas tree in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 15, 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
A child poses for a picture before the giant Christmas tree in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 15, 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

A Christmas tree was set on fire in the village of Al-Rama, based southwest of occupied Jenin, ​​Arab48 reported.

Local residents of Al-Rama expressed serious concerns and demanded that the security forces investigate and arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible to bring them to trial.

The head of the local council in Al-Rama, Shawqi Abu Latif, issued a statement condemning and denouncing the attack on the Christmas tree.

He said: "A group of young men tried to ignite the fire of ignorance and hatred with the glorious Christmas tree, and sow discord and backwardness to create a suffocating and abhorrent atmosphere in our beloved town of Al-Rama."

Palestinian towns and villages in the occupied West Bank have repeatedly come under attacks by illegal settlers. Such incidents have increased in frequency with rights groups saying attackers are rarely brought to justice and often carry out their crimes while occupation forces watch on.

READ: Settlers cut down 45 olive trees near Nablus

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