In Gothenburg, Sweden, group of masked youths have attacked a synagogue with Molotov cocktail. Three people were arrested following the incident, prosecutors say.
"A burning object has been thrown" just outside the synagogue building, Lars Tunefjord, commanding officer at the police regional management center told Sveriges Radio. The officer added that police are currently at the scene conducting a "technical investigation and searching for the perpetrators."
Three people were arrested early on Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said, according to Reuters.Stay Connected With Us
According to witness accounts, a fire started in the yard of the synagogue shortly after 10:00pm local time, after pro-Palestinian protesters, demonstrating against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, pelted the building with burning projectiles. One of the firebombs landed just outside the synagogue compound where local Jewish students were holding an event.
Local media reported that up to 20 masked youths took part in the attack.
"It happened at 10:18pm Sweden time. There was a youth party inside at the time," Dvir Maoz, a representative of the World Bnei Akiva movement in Gothenburg, was quoted as saying by Israel National News. "I saw fire, so I told the security guards that a firebomb had been thrown at the building. They called the police. The youths were scared. This was the first time they had experienced any form of terrorism so close to them.”
"We arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. There was a fire of lesser extent between the cars in the parking lot. There was some kind of flammable liquid," emergency services leader, Kristoffer Wahter, was quoted as saying by the local media.
Police quickly blocked the site and closed traffic in the neighborhood around the synagogue. Officers then began searching for the attackers with sniffer dogs. "We do not know much more than there are several Molotov cocktails that have been thrown at the synagogue," police said at the scene.
“Just last night, protesters shouted ‘we're going to shoot the Jews’ in Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city... I cannot imagine what it feels like to be a Swedish Jew today,” tweeted Jewish Agency for Israel spokesperson Avi Mayer.