Child Seriously Wounded in Suspected Arson in Southern Israel

The 12-year-old child was rushed to hospital with second- and third-degree burns

Nati Yefet
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The mobile-phone store after the fire had been put out, on Saturday.
The mobile-phone store after the fire had been put out, on Saturday.Credit: Ilan Assayag
Nati Yefet
Nati Yefet

A 12-year-old child was seriously wounded Saturday when a store in the Bedouin town of Hura was targeted in a suspected arson.

The child, Issa Abu al-Kiyan, was rushed to a hospital in Be'er Sheva with second- and third-degree burns.

Israel Police arrested three suspects in their 20s from southern Israel. On Sunday, two of the suspects had their detention extended until Thursday, while the third suspect is set to appear before Be'er Sheva Magistrate's Court.

The child, his relatives initially said, was wounded when grenades were thrown at a car-repair shop and the flames spread to a nearby telephone store ablaze as the child was in it. The council head, who owns the car-repair shop, said that he had no knowledge of such an incident. He also noted the shop was not damaged.

On Sunday, the child was transferred to the burn unit for children at Safra Children's Hospital due to his serious medical condition, with the burns covering more than 90 percent of his body, Soroka Medical Center's spokesperson reported.

On Friday, two children died from a heat stroke after being left alone in a locked vehicle in the Bedouin town of Hura in southern Israel.

Last month, a 14-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet fired into her home in the Bedouin city of Rahat, in Israel's south.

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