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Father of slain Palestinian infant dies from his wounds

Aug. 8, 2015 9:34 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2015 5:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM, (Ma'an) -- Saad Dawabsha, the father of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha who was burned alive in an arson attack by Israeli extremists on July 31, died from his injuries early Saturday morning, local sources told Ma'an.

Saad, 30, suffered from third-degree burns covering 80 percent of his body, the Palestinian Minister of Health told Ma'an, and was fighting for his life for more than a week before succumbing to his wounds.

Local sources from the family's village of Duma in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that the family had been notified of the death of Saad soon after he passed, and added that the 30-year-old would be laid to rest on Saturday.

Saad's wife RihamDawabsha, remains in critical condition and suffers third-degree burns across 90 percent of her body.

Saad, along with his wifeRiham and other son Ahmad, 4, were immediately taken to the hospital with severe burns after Israeli extremists torched their home in the middle of the night, burning their infant son Ali alive.

Israeli settlers reportedly smashed the windows of two homes in Duma, before throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside, killing infant Ali, who was trapped inside the house, and critically injuring the other family members.

The crime has sparked international outrage, with many observers pointing out that settler attacks against the Palestinian community are common and often go unpunished by the Israeli authorities.

izzy / usa
You do understand, while this is a horrible act, there is no actual proof it was settlers, correct?
08/08/2015 15:01
Joe Fattal / USA
Another disruption on a funeral by Israeli forces.
08/08/2015 16:39
Tess / usa
my deepest thoughts and prayers go out to these people!!! How could this happen and nobody cares?????
08/08/2015 16:41
Rami / Palestine
@izzy, you're right. The family lit themselves on fire. It had nothing to do with settlers, the idf, the on-going occupation, the racist violent speeches made by state-funded rabbis, ministers, and extremist nutbags. No, the family just decided they had enough and bathed in gasoline, right?
09/08/2015 10:39
ian / australia (1)
"You do understand...there is no actual proof it was settlers..." Well, it's hardly likely it was an accident with the falafel oil, izzy, or a false flag op. And ironically, if settlers ARE suspected, given the culture of impunity and Israel's record on prosecuting settler violence, "actual proof"
12/08/2015 09:36
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) may never be found. And let me point out if the victims were Jews, I doubt you'd be invoking the presumption of innocense or warning against jumping to conclusions about the identity of the killers.
12/08/2015 09:37
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