Dawabsha family (except for Ahmed).

UN Coordinator concerned over slow progress in Dawabsha family case


On Wednesday, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern over the slow progress in bringing the perpetrators responsible for killing the Dawabsha family to justice.

Mladenov said in a statement: “Four months have passed since the arson attack against the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank on 31 July. The brutal killing of toddler Ali, and his parents Reham and Sa’ad was a tragedy that has angered Palestinians and shocked Israelis.”

Ahmed Dawabsha.
Ahmed Dawabsha.

He added that “today, the only surviving member of the family — four year-old Ahmed, is still being treated for his wounds at the Sheba Medical Center.[…] I am concerned by the slow progress and call on the Israeli authorities to move swiftly in bringing the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.”

On July 31, the village of Duma was awaken to an arson executed by extremist Israeli settlers who attacked and burned the family house while they were all asleep.

The baby Ali Saad, 18-month-old, died at the scene and the mother and father sustained critical burns that covered mostly 80% to 90% of their bodies. The father succumbed to wounds a week after while the mother while the mother died one month later.

Ahmed and his grandfather at the hospital.
Ahmed and his grandfather at the hospital.

Now the family is just Ahmed, and his grandfather, Hussein, 51, has barely left his grandson’s bedside. They still haven’t told him that his parents and brother were killed, but Hussein says he knows that something is wrong.

“I want the Israeli government to find the people who burned my family to death,” Hussein said a few days after his daughter’s funeral. “I think they should be burnt to death too, but at the least they should go to jail for the rest of their lives.”


Until this Thursday morning, a total of 108 Palestinians, mostly teens, have been killed, including 24 children, five women and over 13,000 injuries since the beginning of October.




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