DUMA,WEST BANK – Suspected Jewish extremists attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank and torched two homes, killing an eighteen-month-old child and critically wounding at least three people.
Ali Saad Dawabsha was asleep with the rest of his family when masked individuals targeted two homes with graffiti and then threw two firebombs at 4am on Friday morning in the village of Kafr Duma.
One of the two homes was empty at the time, but there was a family in the second: the child that died, Ali Saad Daobasa, his father Sa’ad, mother Reham, and 4-year-old Ahmed.
The attackers allegedly daubed the walls of the two homes with the “Price tag” slogan, been used by Israeli extremists in the past.
The Israel Defense Forces(IDF) confirmed a Palestinian toddler was burned to death, and that Jewish extremists are suspected to be behind the attack.
IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner tweeted soon after the attack, “This attack against Palestinian civilians is a barbaric act of terrorism.”
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.
Jewish extremists have for years attacked Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli military bases in opposition to what they see as the Israeli government’s favorable policies toward the Palestinians, although it is rare for anyone to be killed in such attacks.