Egypt Condemns Crime against Palestinian Family, Killing of Toddler

CAIRO, July 31, 2015 (WAFA) – The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday condemned Israeli settlers’ setting fire to the house of a Palestinian family at dawn in Duma village, south of Nablus, and burning to death an 18-month-old toddler and injuring his family.

Egyptian ambassador and spokesperson Bader Abd al-Ati conveyed in a press statement the Egyptian government and its peoples’ condolences to the family of the killed toddler and wished a speedy recovery for all those who were injured.

As the occupying power, Abd al-Ati demanded the Israeli government to take full responsibility for this crime and further called on the international community to increase efforts to provide the Palestinian people with protection.

Palestinian officials said a group of people, most likely Israeli settlers from nearby illegal settlements, broke into Duma and attacked the nearest two homes to the village’s entrance. Highly flammable firebombs were used to set the homes on fire. One house was severely burnt while the other was partially destroyed; the attackers spray-painted racist graffiti on the walls of the burnt homes.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited the Dawabsha family and vowed, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, to rebuild the destroyed house and provide the family with the necessary medical care.