Death of Palestinian child in arson attack a "terrorist crime"

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Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

An arson attack which killed a Palestinian toddler and severely injured his family has been condemned as a "terrorist crime" by the UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process.

Nickolay Mladenov said he was outraged by the incident, which occurred early on Friday in the village of Duma in the Occupied West Bank.

The toddler was burned to death when masked individuals—suspected Jewish extremists— reportedly threw fire bombs into two homes.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Mladenov called for a full and prompt investigation to bring the perpetrators of what he labelled "this terrorist crime" to justice.

In a statement, he said "This heinous murder was carried out for a political objective."

The child, whose name was Ali, died and his parents and older brother were critically wounded in the overnight attack, which was strongly condemned by Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Hebrew slogans reportedly were found on one of the homes.

Mr Mladenov, the UN envoy, said the incident reinforced the need for an immediate resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to occupation.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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