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Palestinian baby burnt alive after masked 'Jewish extremists' target home in arson attack

Published 31/07/2015

A man shows a picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha who died when his family house was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A man shows a picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha who died when his family house was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

A fourteen-month-old Palestinian baby has been burnt alive in an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists on a home in the West Bank village of Duma.

Ali Saad Dawabsha was asleep with the rest of his family when masked individuals targeted the house with graffiti before throwing two firebombs into the home at 4am on Friday morning.

Palestinians inspect a house after it was torched in an attack by Jewish settlers killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, his four-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the area. at Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians inspect a house after it was torched in an attack by Jewish settlers killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, his four-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the area. at Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Photos of a one-and-a-half year old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, lie in a house that had been torched (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Photos of a one-and-a-half year old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, lie in a house that had been torched (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The attackers allegedly daubed the walls of the two homes in Kafr Duma with a “Price tag” slogan - as used by Israeli extremists in the past - which was quickly shared on social media.

They also reportedly sprayed “revenge” and “long live the Messiah” on the walls in Hebrew, according to Haaretz.

Although the child’s father, Sa’ad, managed to get his wife, Reham, and four-year-old son Ahmed out of the building, witnesses told reporters he was unable to find the youngest as there was no electricity. The house next door, which was also targeted, was empty.

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Four people were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus, in the West Bank, and then to a burn unit at Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Ha-Shomer. Israel’s defence minister tweeted on Friday morning that the family would be transferred to Israeli hospitals.

The toddler’s mother sustained 70 per cent burns. An Israeli military spokesperson said three people were critically injured in the attack, with another suffering from slight wounds.

DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
DUMA,WEST BANK - JULY 31: Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire which was suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on July 31, in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank. A house fire in the Palestinian village of Duma, West Bank, suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured both parents and a four year old brother. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS A member of the Israeli security forces walks past a graffiti reading in Hebrew "Live for Christ King" and spread on the wall of a Palestinian house that was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015. A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members injured in the arson attack on two homes in the occupied West Bank. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEHJAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images
A Palestinian inspects a house after it was torched in a suspected attack by Jewish settlers, killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, his four-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the area, at Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The attack has been labelled the worst since a Palestinian youth was abducted and set fire to at around this time last year. Authorities have urged people to show restraint.

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) confirmed the attack, with Brigader-General Moti Almoz telling the Jerusalem Post he does "not remember an incident this severe in recent years."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the “terrible criminal act,” telling the newspaper: “This is a terror attack. Israel deals harshly with terrorism, no matter who the perpetrators are”.

A relative holds up a photo of a one-and-a-half year old boy Ali Dawabsheh (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A relative holds up a photo of a one-and-a-half year old boy Ali Dawabsheh (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

However, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) tweeted on Friday morning that the attack was the "direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism".

IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner labelled the attack "nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism".

He confirmed that an investigation to discover the perpetrators and bring them to justice was on-going as soldiers are patrol the area. Two infantry brigades have reportedly stopped training exercises and returned to their bases.

Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire(Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after a fire(Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)

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Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after the fire (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images) (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
Family members and relatives of 18 month old baby, Ali Saad-Dawabsheh, view the remains of their house after the fire (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images) (Photo by Oren Ziv/Getty Images)
Israeli policemen inspect the house. The writing in Hebrew reads:
Israeli policemen inspect the house. The writing in Hebrew reads: "Revenge". (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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