Palestinian mother injured in arson attack dies

Riham Dawabsheh is the mother of a Palestinian toddler killed in a West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish extremists

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The mother of a Palestinian toddler killed in a West Bank arson attack was buried in her village Monday hours after succumbing to wounds sustained in the attack, which also killed the child's father and is believed to have been carried out by Jewish extremists.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral for Riham Dawabsheh, 27, and later about 100 threw rocks at Israeli soldiers nearby who responded with rubber bullets, the military said.

Suspected Jewish settlers torched the home of Saad Dawabsheh in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, killing his 18-month-old son, Ali.


Riham passed away on Monday. A second son was also hospitalized and remains in serious condition.

“To my regret, she passed away after midnight,” a spokeswoman said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and especially with little Ahmed, now orphaned due to this heinous act,” a statement by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov read.

“Acknowledging the wide condemnations issued at the time of the incident by Israeli and Palestinian leaders, I am nevertheless concerned by the lack of progress in identifying and prosecuting the perpetrators of this outrage,” the statement added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the attack as an act of terrorism and his security cabinet has ordered a crackdown on violent far-right Jewish groups in a similar vein to actions taken against Palestinian suspects.

The government has allowed harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants with methods once reserved for Palestinians and has also started detaining citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians without trial.

After the previous two family funerals, Palestinians rallied in their home village of Duma in the northern West Bank, calling on militant factions to take revenge.

[With Reuters and Associated Press]

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