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Father kills 3 children before setting house ablaze in Gaza

Feb. 17, 2017 9:59 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2017 6:28 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA (Ma’an) – A Palestinian father stabbed his three children to death on Friday before setting himself on fire by lighting a gas cylinder, causing a fire to erupt throughout their house in Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip after the cylinder exploded.

The Palestinian civil defense said in a statement that the bodies of the three siblings were transferred to the hospital. Four others were also injured in the fire, according to medical sources. The father was also critically injured in the incident, and was pronounced dead after arriving to the hospital.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson identified the three victims as Sabah, 19, Muhammad, 9, and Shirin Talal Abu Dabaa, 12.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian police in Gaza Ayman al-Butneiji said that investigations revealed that the father, 41, had stabbed his children several times.

Al-Butneiji added that the father worked as a Palestinian Authority (PA) employee and had been suffering from mental complications.

Initial reports had suggested the fire itself caused the deaths of the three children. However, it was later discovered that the father had killed his children before the fire erupted.
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