A day after Israel began running separate bus lines for Palestinian workers in Judea and Samaria, vandals tried to set fire to several of the vehicles overnight, police said on Tuesday.
"Two buses were apparently set on fire but we are looking into all possibilities," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, saying the incident took place in the Arab-Israeli town of Kfar Qassem which lies very close to the Green Line.
Police sources quoted by army radio said the buses had been torched as a protest against the new transportation system which came into effect on Monday.
The incident took place just hours after Israel began running separate bus lines for Palestinian-Arab workers and Jews in Judea and Samaria, in a move which was bluntly denounced by an Israeli rights group as "segregation" and "simple racism."
But Israel's transport ministry denied the charge, saying Palestinians with a permit to work in Israel were allowed to travel "on all public transport lines."