Israeli girl, 11, seriously injured in West Bank firebomb attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when a firebomb hit their car in the northern West Bank.

The girl, Ayala Shapira, was taken to a Tel Aviv hospital with third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body, including her face and upper body following the Thursday evening attack. She is unconscious and on a respirator, and her injuries are reported to be life-threatening.

Her father, 40, who rescued her from the car, is in light condition.

They were driving from their home in the El Matan outpost near Maale Shomron to a bat mitzvah at a synagogue in the neighboring community of Ginot Shomron.

The car was completely destroyed by fire.

Israeli troops entered a nearby Palestinian village to find the person who threw the firebomb.

The car of Ayala’s mother was hit by a firebomb a month ago, but she escaped unhurt.