Palestinian baby burns to death after settlers set fire to home

31 Jul

3130883085 The scene of the arson attack in Douma, 31 July, 2015.

Palestinian baby burned to death after Israeli settlers set fire to home. Settlers reportedly started fire after throwing firebombs into West Bank house; Hebrew graffiti was found at the scene, reading ‘revenge’ and ‘long live the Messiah.’

By Jack Khoury, Chaim Levinson and Gili Cohen, Haaretz, 31 July 2015 

A one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously wounded late Thursday night after a house was set on fire in the village of Douma, near Nablus. According to reports, settlers were those who set the house on fire after targeting it with firebombs and graffiti. The Israeli military called the attack “Jewish terror.”

According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading “revenge” and “long live the Messiah” before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after.

Douglas identified the child as Ali Saad Daobasa. The father and mother, Saad and Reham, and another son, 4 year old Ahmad, were evacuated by the IDF to the burn unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed a Palestinian toddler was burned to death, and that Jewish extremists are suspected to be behind the attack.

“This attack against Palestinian civilians is a barbaric act of terrorism,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner tweeted soon after the attack. Forces are combing the area in attempt to find the perpetrators.

According to eyewitnesses, the father was able to rescue his wife and 4-year-old, but did not see the baby due to the lack of electricity.

Local resident Mesalem Daoubasah, 23, said he saw four settlers fleeing the scene, with several local residents following in pursuit. According to Daoubasah, the settlers fled toward the settlement of Ma’aleh Ephraim.

Daoubasah added that other witnesses saw the settlers smash the windows of the house before throwing firebombs inside.

This is a developing story

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Graffiti reading ‘revenge’ found at the scene of the attack in Douma, 31 July 2015. Photo by Rabbis for Human Rights

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