Attackers thought to be Jewish extremists threw Molotov cocktail into West Bank home, killing 18-month-old boy and severely injuring his four-year-old brother and both parents
It was a scene of chilling, sadistic callousness.
The masked men – almost certainly Jewish settlers – stood over their Palestinian victims as they writhed on the ground in agony, as if admiring the results of their incendiary handiwork.
The attackers, motivated by revenge and their faces concealed in black balaclavas, had just thrown a Molotov cocktail into Sa’ad and Riham Dawabsheh’s home as they and their two infant children slept in the remote West Bank village of Duma early on Friday.
The couple’s youngest child, Ali, 18 months old, died in the resulting blaze. Mr and Mrs Dawabsheh suffered third degree burns and were in critical condition. A second child, Ahmad, four, was left with burns over 60 per cent of his body.
Hebrew graffiti reading “revenge” and “long live the messiah” was spray-painted on the outside walls of the gutted house.
The outrage appeared to be the latest in a spate of so-called “price tag” crimes carried out in recent years by radical Right-wing settlers, who have attacked Palestinian and Christian targets as retribution for a multitude of perceived slights.
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