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Mother of infant killed in Duma settler attack dies from injuries

Sept. 7, 2015 1:23 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 7, 2015 2:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Riham Dawabsha, the mother of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha who was burned alive in an arson attack by Israeli extremists on July 31, died from her injuries late Sunday, after fighting for her life for over a month, relatives and hospital officials said.

Relatives said that Riham, 27, who suffered third degree burns to 90 percent of her body in the attack, had succumb to her injuries.

Anwar Dawabsha, a family member, confirmed he had been informed of her death and said the funeral would be held on Monday in Duma.

"Riham Dawabsha died in the night," a spokeswoman for the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv told AFP, where the 27-year-old teacher was admitted.

The Israelis are expected to return Riham's body to Palestinian authorities at a checkpoint at the entrance to the occupied West Bank, from where it will be taken to her village.

Israeli settlers 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 Palestinian foreign ministry in Ramallah said it had submitted a request to the International Criminal Court to probe the firebombing and "settler terrorism".

On Aug. 8, Saad Dawabsha, the father of 18-month-old Ali, died from injuries sustained in the attack.

Following the incident, Israeli authorities arrested a number of extremist settlers without charge, but later released nearly all the suspects.

The perpetrators of the attack have still not been arrested by Israeli authorities.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 142 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.
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Unspeakably sad. May the souls of the martyrs rest in perfect peace. Israel has clearly stopped looking for the killers or has decided not to reveal their identities which may be known (just as it was known from the start that the Yeshiva students were dead). But it's understandable that the Jewish State would want to avoid the international spectacle of Jews, possibly American Jews, on trial for the vilest of acts in the name of the state religion.
08/09/2015 23:49
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