Palestinian woman dies of injuries suffered in Duma firebomb attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian woman seriously injured in the firebombing of her West Bank home, that killed her infant son and husband, has died.

Reham Dawabsheh, 27, died late Sunday night, a day after her condition began to deteriorate, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

She suffered burns to some 90 percent of her body in the July 31 attack in the West Bank village of Duma, and was unconscious and on life support at a Tel Aviv hospital. Her son, Ali, 18 months old, was killed in the attack and her husband, Saad, died more than a week later of injuries sustained in the attack.  Another son, Ahmed, 4, was seriously burned in the attack but is reported to be recovering, and has not been told about the loss of his entire family.

Reham Dawabsheh was a teacher at a local elementary school. Her funeral will be held in Duma following an autopsy at a Palestinian hospital.

Her father, Hussien Dawabsheh, told Ynet that “she died a martyr and a hero.”

“Over a month has passed and the Israeli government has not yet brought the terrorists to justice,” Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said in a statement. “If Israel is not stopped and held accountable, then Reham will not be the last victim of Israeli terror.”

Several Jewish extremists were arrested and remain held in administrative detention in the wake of the attack, but no one has been charged in the incident.

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