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3 arrested in unsuccessful arson attack on refugee home in Berlin; attacks on migrants on rise

  • Hundreds of migrants wait outside of the reception center for refugees and asylum-seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

    Hundreds of migrants wait outside of the reception center for refugees and asylum-seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).  (The Associated Press)

  • A refugee child from Palestine sleeps next to its father outside  the reception center for refugees and asylum-seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

    A refugee child from Palestine sleeps next to its father outside the reception center for refugees and asylum-seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrant children paint pictures at the area outside the reception center for refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. A honorary citizens' initiative offers activities for children during the time the parents line up for their registration. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

    Migrant children paint pictures at the area outside the reception center for refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. A honorary citizens' initiative offers activities for children during the time the parents line up for their registration. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).  (The Associated Press)

Berlin police say they've arrested three suspects in connection with a failed arson attack on a home for asylum-seekers.

Police said Friday that two men and a woman, whose names weren't released, were arrested in the area of the Thursday night attack.

Police say a watchman at the temporary housing unit in Berlin's Marzahn neighborhood saw a group in dark clothing throw burning wood into the compound just before midnight. A resident was able to extinguish the fire quickly.

Germany has been largely welcoming to the tens of thousands of refugees arriving each month but the attacks on them and on areas housing them have been on the rise. Some 800,000 refugees are expected in Germany this year alone, by far the most in the 28-nation European Union.