Ahmed Dawabsha returned to the West Bank village of Duma on Tuesday for the first time since his family’s home was targeted in an arson attack last July.
Five-year-old Dawabsha lost his entire family — parents Saad and Riham and 18-month-old brother Ali — in the firebombing of their home in the village of Duma by suspected Jewish terrorists.
Nasser Dawabsha, Ahmed’s uncle, told Ma’an News that the young boy is improving, and that the Palestinian Authority is trying to get him sent abroad for more medical treatment.
Ahmed sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body and underwent a total of 10 surgeries, including skin grafts.
He has been recovering from his injuries in an Israeli hospital over the past eight months.
Ahmad reuniting with his friends.
Ahmad's entire family were killed after Israeli settlers burned down their home. pic.twitter.com/h2aSjHZ9mu
— Rana H. (@RanaHarbi) March 23, 2016
The uncle also said that the young Dawabsha still does not entirely comprehend that his brother and parents have passed away, but he does know that “they are in heaven,” reported Ma’an News.
Ahmed recently returned from Spain, where he visited Real Madrid’s training camp, and met the Spanish soccer team’s star player Christiano Ronaldo.
Moved by images of the bandaged boy wearing a Real Madrid jersey, Palestinians campaigned for months on social media to persuade the team to meet Ahmed.
Team spokesman Raul Serrano Quevedo said the team agreed to host the boy after receiving a request from the Palestinian Embassy.
Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, has been charged with the murder of the Dawabsha family. An unnamed minor has been charged as an accomplice in the attack.
On Sunday, the home of the sole alleged witness to the attack of Ahmed’s home, Ibrahim Dawabsha, caught fire in what local residents described as a deliberate attack. But the Israel Police and Shin Bet, in a joint statement Sunday night, said mounting evidence indicated that Sunday’s fire was not a nationalistic attack.