Israeli police release all West Bank arson attack suspects

Israeli police release West Bank arson attack suspects one day after their arrests

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli authorities said on Monday that they have released all suspects who were detained for allegedly firebombing the home of a Palestinian family and causing the death of an 18-month-old baby boy and his father.

A spokeswoman for the Shin Bet domestic security agency at the Baladim outpost told AFP that “all those arrested yesterday for interrogation have been released."

Nine Jewish settlers suspected of being behind an arson attack on a Palestinian family in the West Bank were arrested by Israeli police on Sunday morning.

Raids were carried out by Israel’s Shin Bet security service in the Baladim outpost, where seven of the Jewish terror suspects were arrested. A separate raid also saw the arrest of two suspects in the Adei Ad outpost near Duma village, where 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive last week. His father Sa’ad died from his injuries days later.

Sa'ad Dawabsheh, 32, succumbed to second degree burns sustained in the attack on Saturday. His wife and other son, meanwhile, remain hospitalised after suffering third degree burn injuries.

Following the deadly arson attack, the Israeli government said it would detain suspects believed to be linked to violent attacks on Palestinian civilians. However, Israeli authorities said they are still trying to identify the culprit behind the attack.

The practice of "administrative detention," which often sees suspected Palestinian militants detained without trial, will also be extended to ultra-nationalist Jewish militants, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon’s spokesman said last week.

Eighteen-year-old Mordechai Meyer, a Jewish settler from the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement who was placed under administrative detention for six months after an order was issued by the Israeli defence minister over his involvement in a Jewish radical group, was among those detained.

Another suspect, Eviatar Slonim, was also detained. Slonim had previously been arrested after he was suspected of an arson attack on a Palestinian home in the South Hebron Hills in November 2014.

Meir Ettinger, who is in his early 20s, was also detained but was not suspected of being involved in the arson attack in Duma, i24 stated. However, Ettinger has reportedly been linked to a recent arson attack on the historic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, located near the Sea of Galilee.

TRTWorld and agencies