Duma survivor Ahmed Dawabsha taken to home of Hamas terrorist
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Duma survivor Ahmed Dawabsha taken to home of Hamas terrorist

Six-year-old participates in ‘solidarity visit’ to demolished family home of Mohammed al-Kharoub, who murdered 3 people last year

Ahmed Dawabsha, the sole survivor of a West Bank arson attack in Duma village, is carried by his grandfather Hussein at the Tel HaShomer Hospital in Ramat Gan, Israel on Friday, July 22, 2016 (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Ahmed Dawabsha, the sole survivor of a West Bank arson attack in Duma village, is carried by his grandfather Hussein at the Tel HaShomer Hospital in Ramat Gan, Israel on Friday, July 22, 2016 (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Ahmed Dawabsha, the six-year-old Palestinian boy who was badly injured in a Jewish terror attack last year that killed his parents and baby brother, on Saturday was reportedly taken to visit the home of a Hamas terrorist who gunned down three people in a West Bank shooting attack last November.

Ahmed was taken to the demolished Hebron-area home of Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub by his grandfather Hussein Dawabsha in a show of solitary with the Hamas gunman, the Hebrew-language Ynet news reported.

The two were joined at the Kharoub’s family home in Dir Smat by Mohammed al-Qiq, a former Palestinian prisoner who protested his incarceration by Israel by launching an unprecedented 94-day hunger strike.

Al-Kharoub last November opened fire with an Uzi submachine gun on a line of traffic near the Alon Shvut settlement in the West Bank, killing three people and injuring five others.

Among his victims was American Jewish teenager Ezra Schwartz, 18, Alon Shvut resident Yaakov Don, 51 and Palestinian Shadi Arafa, 24. Al-Kharoub was captured in the attack.

In February, al-Kharoub family’s home in Dir Smat was demolished in accordance with Israel’s controversial practice of destroying homes of terrorists as a deterrent against attacks.

The Saturday visit comes weeks after Ahmed was released from the Children’s Hospital of Sheba Medical Center (also known as Tel Hashomer Hospital) in Ramat Gan, where he was treated for severe burns caused in the July 31, 2015 arson attack on his family home in the village of Duma.

Ahmed’s 18-month-old brother, Ali Saad Dawabsha, was killed in the attack, and his parents Riham and Saad died of injuries sustained in the firebombing.

Ahmed, who sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body, underwent a total of 10 surgeries, including skin grafts during his year-long stay at Tel Hashomer.

Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. All three died when the Dawabsha home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, by suspected Jewish extremists, on July 31, 2015 (Channel 2 screenshot)
Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. All three died when the Dawabsha home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, by suspected Jewish extremists, on July 31, 2015 (Channel 2 screenshot)

Since then Ahmed has been returning to the hospital several times a week for ongoing treatment.

In January, a 21-year-old Israeli Jewish man, Amiram Ben-Uliel, and an unnamed 16-year-old minor were indicted for carrying out the Duma terror attack. Ben-Uliel was indicted for murder; the minor, who is not alleged to have directly participated in the firebombing, was charged as an accomplice.

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