Sadness at death of toddler’s father

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The West Bank barrier, along with checkpoints, roadblocks and permit system, has created a closure regime that has had a dire effect on all aspects of life for Palestine refugees. Photo: UNRWA/Isabel de la Cruz

The UN has expressed sadness at the death of the Palestinian father of a toddler who died in an arson attack in July.

Ali Dawabsha was killed at his home in the Occupied West Bank in what was called a "terrorist crime".

His father was severely injured in that attack.

Daniel Dickinson has more.

Sa’ad Dawabsha, was the father of toddler Ali Dawabsha who died in an arson attack on their home in Duma village on 31 July.

Mr Dawabsha died early on Saturday morning after succumbing to his wounds from the arson incident. 

He's survived by his four year-old son, Ahmed, and his wife, Riham, who is also fighting for her life.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said he was deeply saddened by the death of Mr Dawabsha.

He reiterated the UN Secretary-General’s call for the perpetrators of what he called "this heinous terrorist act" to be brought to justice.

He said political, community and religious leaders on all sides should work together to prevent extremists from escalating tensions and taking control of the political agenda.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations


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