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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Synagogue Vandalized

MOSCOW -- A synagogue was vandalized in a region once set aside for Jewish settlers, a news report said Tuesday. It was the latest in a series of anti-Semitic attacks in Russia.

The synagogue in Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region in the Far East, was vandalized twice in recent days, a spokeswoman for the local Jewish community was quoted by Interfax as saying.

In the first attack, early Sunday morning, someone broke a menorah that stands in the yard outside the synagogue, Anna Piskovets said.

The following night, she said, someone broke a window, tore a metal Star of David off the synagogue's outer wall and formed 10 swastikas and the Russian word for "get out'' with stones in the synagogue yard.

Piskovets said local law enforcement authorities have begun an investigation into the incident. No one claimed responsibility for the vandalism.