TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department General Ramezan Sharif described the burning to death of a Palestinian infant by Israeli settlers as an example of modern terrorism.
On Friday, two homes were set alight in an arson attack by Israeli settlers in the Palestinian village of Duma, south of Nablus, and an 18-month-old infant was burnt to death in the tragic incident.
“This crime is an instance of modern terrorism resulted and presented by the US type of human rights; this is the latest act of child-killing in the occupied territories by the Zionists,” General Sharif said in reaction to Israel’s new crime on Saturday.
He reiterated that if the world media and international community had condemned the Zionists’ crimes in the 51-day war against the oppressed people of Gaza last Summer and demanded serious punishment of the perpetrators, the world might have been spared witnessing such heinous crimes.
A large fire broke out after Israeli settlers threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails into the Palestinian houses.
Local residents and witnesses identified the infant killed in the attack as 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha.
Palestinian medical sources said the child’s parents, as well as his four-year-old brother, were all injured and rushed to a hospital in Nablus.
The two homes were set ablaze by settlers who came from the nearby settlement of Ma’akeg Efraim.
According to local residents’ accounts, the parents woke up and tried to remove their children from the house, but were unable to save their youngest son. The other torched house was empty at the time.
Media reports indicate that Hebrew graffiti was found near the arson scene, reading “revenge” and “long live the Messiah.” The settlers also wrote ‘price tag’ and drew a Star of David on the walls of the homes.
In a statement issued hours after the incident, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the “brutal assassination” of the Palestinian infant, stressing that the regime in Tel Aviv bears “full responsibility” for the arson attack.
The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.