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West Bank: two charged over Dawabsha family arson attack


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West Bank: two charged over Dawabsha family arson attack

  • Two charged in connection with Dawabsha arson attack
  • Young couple and their baby died
  • * Four-year-old still being treated for burn injuries*

Two people have been charged in connection with an arson attack in the West Bank last year that killed three members of a Palestinian family.

Murder and conspiracy to murder

21-year-old Amiram Ben-Oliel has been charged with murder. A second youth has been charged as an accessory to murder.

The indictment alleges Mr Ben-Oliel carried out the attack in retaliation for the killing of an Israeli settler in a shooting a month before.

The Israeli authorities have denied allegations from lawyers that confessions were extracted by torture.

Outrage at the deaths of a young couple and their baby

There was international outrage following news of the deaths of Saad and Riham Dawabsha and their 18-month-old son, Ali.

Another son, four-year-old Ahmed, is still being treated for his injuries.

The family were asleep in their home in the village of Duma when it was firebombed on 31 July.

It was also daubed with Hebrew slogans, including the word “revenge”.

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