Child Survivor of West Bank Arson Murders Doesn't Know His Family Was Killed

Four-year-old Ahmad Dawabsheh's grandfather tells NBC News that he plans to break the news to the still-hospitalized child later this week.

Ahmad Dawabsheh, the four-year-old survivor of the West Bank arson attack that killed his parents and baby brother, does not know that his family is dead.

Dawabsheh's 51-year-old grandfather told NBC News that specialists at Israel's Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer not to tell Ahmad about the July 2014 attack at his home in Duma.

"Ahmad is a very smart boy and the hardest moment for me is when he asks me about his parents. How can I answer him? Where do I start?" Hussein Dawabsheh told NBC News, adding that he plans to tell Ahmed the truth this week.

Dawabsheh is expected to be released from the hospital in three months, when he has a standing invitation to visit Real Madrid and meet star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Israeli prosecutors filed murder charges against two Jewish citizens for the arson attack earlier this month. Amiram Ben-Uliel, a 21-year-old from Jerusalem, was charged with three counts of murder, as well as attempted murder for the unsuccessful attempt to set alight another house. 

An accessory to murder charge was filed against a minor who is suspected of participating in the incident, while two others were charged with violence against Palestinians.