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Extremist settlers attack home south of Duma village

Aug. 8, 2015 10:24 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 3:35 P.M.)
Correction appended

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attacked a Palestinian home with firebombs and rocks south of the village of Duma, where little more than a week after an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his father were killed in a deadly attack in the same village.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that "a number of extremist settlers hurled two fire bombs at the home of Mahmoud Fazza al-Kaabna."

The fire bombs, Daghlas said, landed on the outer wall of the home near a window, but did not make it inside the house.

The attackers also hurled stones at the house, with one of them hitting al-Kaabna in the upper body. 

The attack took place east of the Ramallah-area village of Tayba, in a rural area known as Badiw al-Muarrajat, around 12 kilometers south of Duma.

The incident followed after another deadly attack in the same village on July 31 that killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha and critically wounded his parents and four-year-old brother.

On Saturday, the toddler's father, Saad, succumbed to his wounds, while the toddler's mother, Riham, and brother, Ahmad, continued to struggle for their lives after they sustained third-degree burns on most of their bodies.

The crime has sparked international outrage, although many Palestinians have pointed out that settler attacks against the Palestinian community are common and often go unpunished by the Israeli authorities.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 120 attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.

This version corrects that the attack took place in an area east of Tayba, in the Ramallah district, and not in the southern Nablus-district village of Duma.
Carol Scheller / Switzerland
Sweet heavens - stop them!
08/08/2015 15:19
Rami / Palestine
@Carol/Switzerland - Heaven does not exist around here. We are living in Hell.
09/08/2015 10:29
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