UN Middle East envoy calls for swift action on unresolved West Bank arson attack case

2 December 2015

Four months after the arson attack against the Dawabsha family in the West Bank village of Duma, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, today expressed concern at the slow progress on the case and called on the Israeli authorities to “move swiftly in bringing the perpetrators of the this terrible crime to justice.”

“The brutal killing of toddler Ali, and his parents Reham and Sa’ad was a tragedy that has angered Palestinians and shocked Israelis,” said Mr. Mladenov in a statement issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).

He added the only surviving member of the family, four-year-old Ahmed, is still being treated for his wounds at the Sheba Medical Center.

Mr. Mladenov noted that the incident, which was widely condemned by leaders on all sides, regrettably, has still not been resolved.

“Amidst the current escalation of violence, it is essential that all firmly and consistently reject terrorism and act decisively to stop hatred and incitement,” the statement concluded.

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