11:51 GMT05 December 2020
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    Both city officials and the local Jewish community have denounced the attack, which the Beverly Hills police have classified as a hate crime.

    The prominent Iranian Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, was vandalised on Saturday morning, the New York Post reported on Sunday.

    According to the Beverly Hills police, the suspect committed a series of minor vandalisms before he forced entry into the synagogue.

    "The suspect damaged several Jewish relics, but fortunately the Synagogue's main scrolls survived unscathed. The disruption was primarily to the Synagogue's interior contents, and there is very limited structural damage," the official statement by the police department says.

    The images of the incident shared on Twitter show that windows were broken, prayer books were torn and prayers shawls were destroyed by the suspect, who the police are now searching for.

    Nothing was stolen and nobody was injured in the incident, the police added.

    The location was previously a Christian church that was rebuilt into a synagogue when the Iranian Jewish community purchased it in 2003.

    The incident took place on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.

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