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Israeli court releases settler involved in Dawabsheh family arson attack to house arrest

Image of Ahmed Dawabsheh in hospital receiving treatment after being burnt alive by Israeli settlers [file photo]
Palestinian child Ahmed Dawabsheh can be seen in hospital receiving treatment after being burnt alive by Israeli settlers [file photo]

Israel’s Central District Court, Thursday, ordered the release to house arrest an Israeli settler involved in the arson attack against the Palestinian Dawabsheh family which killed the Dawabsheh couple and their infant son in the village of Duma, south of Nablus in 2015.

Israeli media quoted the court judge as saying that the decision to release the minor came after canceling the confessions of the main suspect “which effectively means that evidence against the minor was weak”.

The court cancelled about a month ago other confessions by Amiram Ben-Uliel, the main suspect charged with firebombing the Dawabsheh family house.

Read: Despite settler arson confession dismissed by Israel, Dawabsheh family persevere

The Israeli court charged the main suspect with murder and the minor whose name was not released of conspiring to commit a murder.

The minor will be released to house arrest and will have to wear a monitor bracelet. He was also banned from travel or contacting non- family members.

Nasr al-Dawabsha, a family spokesman said “this is a sad day for the family”.

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