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West Bank toddler dies in arson attack

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 00:47

A Palestinian toddler has died in an arson attack by suspected Jewish attackers on his home in the occupied West Bank. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Suspected Jewish attackers set fire to a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday (July 31), killing an 18-month-old toddler and seriously injuring several other family members. The house in Duma, a small village near the city of Nablus, was torched in the early morning as the family slept. Graffiti in Hebrew reading "revenge" and "long live the king and messiah" was scrawled on the wall outside, police and witnesses said. Both the child's parents and his four-year-old brother were badly hurt. They were taken by helicopter for treatment in an Israeli hospital, officials said. Governor of Nablus, Akram Al-Joub who came to the scene blamed the Israeli army and the settlers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shocked. "This is a terrorist attack. Israel takes firm action against terrorism, no matter who its perpetrators are," he said in a statement, adding that "all means" would be used to bring the assailants to justice. His spokesman Mark Regev said: "The government of Israeli unequivocally condemns this heinous crime as act of terrorism. We will fight terrorism, we will defeat terrorism no matter who the perpetrators are. The people of Israel unite in condemning this act of senseless violence. And we'll bring the perpetrators to justice." An Israeli military spokesman said an investigation was underway. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was responsible. "Such a crime would not have occurred if the Israeli government did not insist on pursuing settlements and protecting settlers," Nabil Abu Rdainah said. Israeli Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the fire was an apparent "Price Tag" attack, a reference to militant settlers who threaten to exact retribution for any Israeli government curbs on settlement expansion in the West Bank. Though Israel has promised to crack down on such assailants only a handful of indictments have been handed down.

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West Bank toddler dies in arson attack

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 00:47