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Palestinian baby burn to death, family in critical condition after attack by Israeli settlers
Jul 31, 2015

An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has burned to death after settlers set fire to his family house in Duma village, south of Nablus city, in the occupied West Bank.

The parents of Ali Saad Dawabsheh and his four-year-old brother were also injured in the attack.

Two Palestinian houses were burned at the entrance of the village with graffiti left on the walls, reading in Hebrew "revenge" and "long live Messiah".

Witnesses told that they saw at least four settlers running away from the scene.

There are at least three illegal Israeli settlements near Duma village.

Minister of Justice Salim al-Saqqa said that the autopsy confirmed that there was soot inside of the baby's body, which indicates he was alive when his body caught fire. And he added that the baby's body was completely blackened, his features had melted, parts of his extremities disintegrated from the burns, while parts of the lungs and rib cage had melted.

The infant was killed when Israeli settlers smashed the windows of two homes in Duma village near Nablus, throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside and catching the homes ablaze.

The infant, Ali Saad Dawabsha, was trapped inside the family's home as the fire spread and died shortly after. His parents and four-year-old brother were left with severe burns. The mother was in critical condition with third-degree burns covering 90 percent of her body, an Israeli doctor told public radio. The father had burns on 80 percent of his body and the son 60 percent, with all of their lives in danger.

According to the UN, at least 120 attacks by Israeli settlers have been documented in the occupied West Bank since the start of 2015.


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