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Despite being offered the chance to be unshackled and accompanied by prison guards, the jailed father of the 7-year-old boy wounded in yesterday's Bat Ayin terror attack refused to visit his son in the hospital.

Ofer Gamliel was sentenced seven years ago for participating in a plot to attack a Palestinian girls' school. He demanded to be released temporarily in order to visit his son Yair Gamliel.

Yair Gamliel was one of two victims of Thursday's terror attack at the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin. The two boys were set upon by an axe-wielding man who is thought to have fled the area following the attack. The second victim was 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ, the son of Haim and Ravital Nativ, one of the original settlers who founded the community of secular-cum-religious Jews.

Gamliel, 47, is a carpenter and father of seven. Six months ago, he went on a hunger strike to protest the conditions in jail. Last October, Interior Minister Eli Yishai asked President Shimon Peres to intervene on behalf of Gamliel and others to improve the prison conditions.