Jewish settlers were reported to have started a fire late Thursday night after throwing firebombs into a Palestinian-owned house in the West Bank, killing an 18-month-old Palestinian baby and seriously wounding three of his family members.
The same illegal settlers also graffitied the house using the infamous “price tag” tactic with words written in the Hebrew language that translated to “revenge” and “long live the Messiah,” according to reports.
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The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) called the assault “Jewish terror.”
The father of the dead infant, Sa'ad Daobasa, was able to rescue his wife, Reham, and his four-year-old son, Ahmed, but was not able to save Ali, the toddler, due to lack of time that was available before the whole house collapsed.
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Four Jewish settlers were seen fleeing the scene, along with several other local residents, towards the settlement of Maaleh Ephraim, local resident Mesalem Daoubasah said.
The four members were taken to a hospital in Nablus in the West Bank and then to the burn injuries unit at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Hashomer.
The IDF confirmed the slain Palestinian baby, Ali Saad Daobasa, to have died of burns sustain in the arson attack and that Jewish extremists are suspected to be behind the attack.
"This attack against Palestinian civilians is a barbaric act of terrorism," IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner tweeted soon after the attack.
The IDF are still combing the scene in attempt to catch the perpetrators.
Israel grants permission for new settlements
Earlier in July, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced plans to “legalise” Jewish settlements in the West Bank through the formation of a new committee.
Consequently, plans were then drawn up by the Israeli military to grant building permission for 1,065 settlement units in the West Bank.
According to a report released on July 23 by Israeli settlement watchdog group Peace Now, the plans include building permission for 541 new homes, the “legalisation” of 228 existing homes, and the approval of infrastructure for the construction of a further 296 homes.
Approximately 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned as being illegal by the international community, which sees settlement building as undermining international efforts to reach a two-state solution, thus causing even greater tensions between the two sides.