Mother of Palestinian Toddler Killed in Arson Attack in Critical Condition

Reham Dawabsheh's health deteriorating, five weeks after firebomb attack in West Bank village of Duma that killed her 18-month-old son Ali.

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A Palestinian boy inspects the Dawabsheh family's home, in Duma, West Bank, July 31, 2015.
A Palestinian boy inspects the Dawabsheh family's home, in Duma, West Bank, July 31, 2015.Credit: Reuters
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The condition of a Palestinian woman who was seriously wounded in a West Bank arson attack that saw her 18-month-old son burned to death deteriorated Saturday, some five weeks after the initial attack which also killed her husband.

Reham Dawabsheh is said to be in critical condition after spending five weeks on life support at the intensive care unit of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, the hospital said. She suffered third-degree burns on 90 percent of her body during the firebomb attack in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31 that killed her son Ali.

Her husband, Sa'ad, died a week after the attack from the burns he sustained in the incident that also wounded their four-year-old son Ahmed, who suffered second-degree burns on more than 60 percent of his body. He too is hospitalized at Tel Hashomer.

The Dawabsheh family: The father, Sa'ad, the mother, Reham and their son, Ali, all killed in an arson attack in their home in the West Bank village of Duma. Credit: Family photo

The arson attack, that has been attributed to Israeli extremists and was labeled Jewish terror by top Israeli officials, fueled unrest in Israel and the Palestinian territories and prompted the government to crackdown on far-right extremists.

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