A gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem has shut down after an arson attack that burned down the premises and damaged several other businesses.
The gas station was opened in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 20, according to a statement from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
Fire broke out at the site in the city of Hebron.
The gas station’s manager said the incident was a “mistake” and that the damage was “minimal.”
According to the Israeli army, four Palestinians were injured in the fire.
No one has claimed responsibility for the fire, but the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on its Facebook page that “the cause of the fire is not yet known.”
The fire was contained and the station reopened by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec, 21, the ministry said.
The ministry did not provide further details on the injuries or the damage.
In 2016, the Israeli government closed a number of Palestinian gas stations in the occupied West Bank, including one in the Gaza Strip, following complaints from residents.
Israel has the highest number of fuel stations per capita in the world, with more than 200 in the entire occupied West, according a 2016 report from the International Energy Agency.
In response to the closures, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinian Authority would seek to expand the gas station network by “building new and expanded stations in Bethlehem, Hebron and other West Bank settlements.”
The PA has also closed several other Palestinian stations in recent years, including in the Hebron Hills, in an effort to reduce the number of Palestinians traveling to the West and prevent their livelihoods from being impacted by the closures.