Palestinian baby reportedly burned to death after settlers set fire to home

A one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian baby was burned to death and three were seriously wounded late Thursday night after a house was set on fire in the village of Kfar Douma, near Nablus.

According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading “revenge” and “long live the Messiah” before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after.

Douglas identified the child as Ali Saad Daubasha. The father and mother, Saad and Reham, and another son, 4 year old Ahmad, were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus.

According to eyewitnesses, the father was able to rescue his wife and 4-year-old, but did not see the baby due to the lack of electricity.

Local resident Mesalem Daoubasah, 23, said he saw four settlers fleeing the scene, with several local residents following in pursuit. According to Daoubasah, the settlers fled toward the settlement of Ma’aleh Ephraim.

Daoubasah added that other witnesses saw the settlers smash the windows of the house before throwing firebombs inside.

This is a developing story.


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