World Bulletin / News Desk
Unidentified arsonists set fire on Thursday to the Jerusalem home of Eritrean migrants, injuring three in what Israeli police said appeared to have been a racist attack.
Street violence has surged in recent months against Africans who cross, without permits, into Israel across the porous Egyptian border in search of work or asylum.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said an apartment in a west Jerusalem market district was set alight overnight, and that one Eritrean occupant suffered serious burns while two others were treated for smoke inhalation.
"Obviously it seems that they were targeted as Eritreans," Rosenfeld said, adding that an investigation was under way.
The Israeli firefighting service said two of the victims were a woman in her seventh month of pregnancy and her husband.
There are more than 60,000 African migrants in Israel.
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