Sa'ad Dawabsha and his family
Riham Dawabshe (right) with her family. (photo credit:ARAB SOCIAL MEDIA)


The Palestinian woman who suffered severe burns in an arson attack that claimed the lives of her infant child and husband has died of her injuries, the Israeli hospital treating her announced just after midnight on Sunday.

News of Riham Dawabshe’s death broke over 24 hours after her condition had significantly deteriorated, according to hospital officials at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

Riham’s husband, who was also seriously injured in the blaze suspected to have been set by Jewish terrorists, died of his wounds around one week after the death of his son Ali.

The condition of Riham’s surviving four-year-old son, Ahmed, also hospitalized at Sheba, was improving.

Riham’s family was by her bedside and more relatives were gathering at the hospital. Her cousin Manor Dawabshe was not optimistic with regard to her recovery.

“I highly doubt she will survive this,” he said.

“For a month she has been unconscious and connected to a breathing machine and she has not really been with us. Every day we come to the hospital, and we stay with her, but there is no change. From my perspective, I lost her already then during the fire. But this is still very sad. It is very difficult also to think about little Ahmed who already lost his brother and his father, and now this is happening.”

“I can’t imagine a more horrible situation,” Manor added.

The arson in the West Bank village of Duma, presumed to have been committed by Jewish settler extremists, triggered an outpouring of condemnations from across the political spectrumĀ in Israel.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post