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Gaza father torches son

Oct. 10, 2010 9:31 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2010 6:25 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A father from Jabaliya refugee camp in north Gaza killed his son by setting fire to him because the boy refused to help the family pick olives, police said.

Security forces identified the father as AN, and said the 40-year-old threatened to torch his son Mohammad, 14, when he refused to help him harvest olives. The father then sent the boy's brother to get Benzene and gave him 2 shekels ($0.50) to buy a lighter.

Police said AN chased Mohammad into the bathroom, and poured fuel over him. The boy managed to escape and ran towards his grandmother's house next door, but his father caught him and set alight to him. Mohammad's grandmother told police that she opened the door to find her grandson's body burned.

Mohammad's father was arrested and questioned by police, who said he has been charged with murder.

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