Mother of toddler killed in West Bank arson attack dies

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Ramallah (dpa) – The mother of a Palestinian baby killed in a firebomb attack on their West Bank home by suspected Jewish extremists has died, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

Riham Dawabshe suffered severe burns in the July arson attack as the family slept inside their home in the village of Douma, south of the city of Nablus.

Eighteen-month-old Ali immediately died. His 4-year-old brother Ahmed remains in hospital in stable but severe condition, the Tel Hashomer hospital spokeswoman said.

The parents had tried to rescue their sons and suffered extreme burns. The boys’ father died days after the attack.

Graffiti in Hebrew, including the word “revenge,” along with a Star of David were sprayed on the walls of the home.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the investigation into the arson attack was ongoing and under a gag order.

The attack provoked international outrage and was condemned by Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

“The assassination of the Dawabshe family reflects the clear connection between hate speech, settlement expansion and the impunity granted to Israel by the international community,” said Saeb Erekat, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Over a month has passed and the Israeli government hasn’t yet brought the terrorists to justice,” Erekat said.

The Israeli government has vowed to crackdown on Jewish extremism and approved a series of rare measures in the wake of the arson attack, including the administrative detention of several known Jewish extremists.

Administrative detention allows authorities to jail a suspect deemed a security risk without trial and without hard evidence directly linking him to a specific crime for extendable periods of six months.

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