Victims of West Bank settlement attack identified as Fogel family
Udi Fogel, 37, and Ruth Fogel, 36, and their three children, 10-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month-old Hadas were murdered in a knife attack in the settlement of Itamar on Friday.
The names of the five family members who were killed in the West Bank settlement of Itamar were released Saturday.
The victims are Udi Fogel, 37, Ruth Fogel, 36, Yoav Fogel, 10, four-year-old Elad Fogel, and three-month-old Hadas Fogel.
The Fogel family was killed Friday night when a terrorist broke into their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed them all to death.
According to police, the suspect broke into the house armed with a knife and stabbed parents Udi and Ruth, along with three of their children, Yoav, Elad, and Hadas Fogel. Magen David Adom rescue services arrived at the scene and found them all dead.
The family's 12-year-old daughter, who was at a youth group activity, returned to her home at approximately midnight and her calls for the door to be opened for her went unanswered. With the help of a neighbor, they managed to open the door and came upon the horrible murder scene.
The military blocked the entrance to the northern West Bank settlement of Itamar, as soldiers poured inside and a pair of ambulances departed.
The overnight attack is the first attack against settlers in months and the first of its kind and scope in years. It marks a rare outburst of violence during a relatively calm period.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community as well as the Palestinian Authority to "unequivocally" condemn the attack, after both Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad issued statements on the event condemning violence, which were unsatisfactory for Netanyahu.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of five Israeli family members in the West Bank, and called on the PA to explicitly condemn the attack.