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Firebombing damages Jewish centre in Ukraine

Chabad emissary in Kherson, Rabbi Yossi Wolff, said vandals set the front door of the building on fire, which was caught on CCTV footage

Screenshot taken from CCTV footage of the incident on anash.org
Screenshot taken from CCTV footage of the incident on anash.org

A firebombing slightly damaged a Jewish community centre in southern Ukraine.

Kherson police are investigating the early Monday morning attack, in which someone set fire to a bottle of flammable liquid and dropped it on the threshold of the building, Interfax reported. The liquid did not completely catch fire, however, according to Interfax.

The Chabad emissary in Kherson, Rabbi Yossi Wolff, told Anash.org, a news website geared for the worldwide English-speaking emissary community, that the front door of the building caught fire.

Security cameras filmed the attack, according to the report. Watch the clip here.

The building, which functions as a synagogue and a JCC, has been closed to most activities due to the coronavirus crisis.

Built in 1895, the ornately designed synagogue was seized by communist authorities in 1930 and heavily damaged during Second World War. The city turned it into a rehab centre in the 1960s, but returned control of the building to the local Jewish community in 1991, according to the report.

 

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