North Belfast synagogue sees windows smashed

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A synagogue in north Belfast has come under attack.

Glass was smashed at the Somerton Road building on two separate occasions over the weekend; incidents the police are treating as religiously-motivated hate crimes.

The PSNI said the first window was broken sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning by a number of unknown individuals.

They then received a report that the replaced window was also smashed sometime on the afternoon or early evening of Saturday.

The incident comes amid criticism of the death toll caused by Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip, as the violence between Israeli forces and Hamas continued.

Police called on anyone who witnessed the window-smashing incidents to contact them at Tennent Street station on the non-emergency number, 101.

Alternatively, they can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gerry Kelly, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA, condemned the attack, saying: “There can be no place for attacks on any place of worship, regardless of the religion or denomination. The local Jewish community makes a valuable contribution to our society and there is no justification for hate crimes”.