Israelis Suspected of Torching Palestinian Factory Say They Were Attacked

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Ghassan Damidi in his factory, Thursday.
Ghassan Damidi in his factory, Thursday.
Hagar Shezaf
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Three Jewish youths are suspected of torching a Palestinian factory in the West Bank before dawn on Thursday, police said. 

Police are investigating a claim by two of the suspects that they were attacked by Palestinians near the factory, but suspect that they were injured as they fled the scene.

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The third suspect received medical treatment at a hospital, where he was arrested and transferred to the Shin Bet security service for interrogation.

Details of the case have been placed under a gag order. 

Ghassan Damidi, the owner of the marble factory in the village of Jamma’in, told Haaretz that around 2:30 A.M., while he was at home, he was informed that the factory was on fire after a car drove into it. He said that when he arrived at the scene, he saw a car speeding away.

When he pursued the car, it crashed into a cart that was on the side of the road, wounding one of those inside while the other two fled, he said. He added that he had found a gas canister at the scene.

Damidi estimated the damages at approximately 3 million shekels ($920,000).

Honenu, a right-wing legal-aid organization representing the three suspects, said the three had nothing to do with the blaze but happened to pass by the village of Jamma’in because they wanted to take a shortcut.

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