The Courier-Mail

Father in West Bank arson dies

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RAMALLAH: The father of a Palestinia­n toddler killed in a firebomb attack blamed on Jewish extremists died yesterday of the wounds he sustained in the assault.

In the pre-dawn attack on July 31, assailants hurled firebombs into a bedroom of the Dawabsheh family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma. Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, perished in the flames, while his four-year-old brother and parents were seriously hurt.

Ali’s uncle, Nasser, said the family received word from Israel’s Soroka Medical Centre that the toddler’s father, Saed, had died. Hundreds took part in the funeral procession­s yesterday, chanting “God is great” and waving the Palestinia­n flag, as well as flags of the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. Some hurled stones and clashed with Israeli forces.

The attack prompted widespread condemnati­on and pledges by Israel’s Government to get tougher on Jewish vigilantes who have repeatedly attacked Palestinia­ns and their property over the years.

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