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Home of witness to Duma arson set on fire: Palestinian official

20 March 2016 13:15


The home of a key witness to an arson attack by Israeli settlers that killed a Palestinian baby in July 2015 has reportedly been set on fire by unidentified assailants.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an news agency that the attackers threw Molotov cocktails at the house of Ibrahim Dawabsha during the early hours of Sunday while he and his family were sleeping, but he survived the attack.

Ibrahim is the only witness to last July’s attack, in which 18-month-old Ali Sa’ad Dawabsha was killed when a large fire broke out after extremist Israeli settlers threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails into two Palestinian houses in the town of Duma, southeast of Nablus City in the occupied West Bank.

The only survivor of the July arson attack is 5-year-old Ahmad, who later also lost his parents, Sa’ad and Riham, due to the injuries they had sustained in the assault.

Ibrahim’s home was almost adjacent to the house that was targeted in the arson attack. His wife was taken to Rafidiya Hospital Sunday due to smoke inhalation.

The deadly July assault prompted international outcry slamming the Israeli regime for its failure to address the acts of aggression by settlers.

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