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 by Jewish extremists 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 Daobasa. The father and mother, Saad and Reham, and another son, 4 year old Ahmad, were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus.
The infamous “Price Tag” slogan, typically used by radical Jewish settlers attacking Palestinians houses, as well as other sites like Christian churches and government buildings, was also daubed on the walls of the home, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri cited by Reuters.
She called it a “suspected attack with nationalist motives,” adding that Israeli security forces were at the scene.
The Israel Defense Forces confirmed a Palestinian toddler was burned to death, and Jewish extremists are suspected to be behind the attack. Forces are combing the area in attempt to find the perpetrators.
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.