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Israel Storms Bureaux de Change in Central Ramallah and Sets Them on Fire | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Israeli Occupation Forces stormed the heart of the city of Ramallah where the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office is situated which is close to his office and home. They attacked bureaux de change using explosives and set fire to up to ten shops and offices in the region.

The residents of Ramallah were surprised by the attack which took place early yesterday morning and that was carried by soldiers. The doors of a bureau de change owned by the company Al-Ajouli in First Jerusalem Street were blown up and its contents and documents were seized before fire broke out in it and then in the entire building.

According to Palestinian and Israeli evaluations, the Israeli Occupation Forces used explosives to open safes which led to a fire that the soldiers did not care to extinguish. Civil defence crews arrived later and worked to get the fire under control. The fire service in Al-Beera, the occupied West Bank, mentioned that no one was hurt in the blaze which spread through a three-storey commercial building in the city.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that the soldiers, who were trying to confiscate documents from “the bureau de change’s office that deals with money from terrorist sources” attempted to open the safes by using a well-aimed explosion which led to the fire. She added that the army had begun an investigation into the incident.