Horror in Samaria: Terrorist murders family of 5 (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Latest Update: 03.12.11, 06:20)
YNet News - Yediot Achronot
YNet News - Yediot Achronot Articles-Index-Top
Terrorist stabs five family members to death in settlement of Itamar
early Saturday; three children, including baby girl, among victims.
Paramedic describes horrific sight, toys next to pools of blood
Horror in Samaria: A terrorist infiltrated the West Bank settlement
of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, early Saturday and stabbed five
family members to death.
The shocking attack occurred around 1 am as the terrorist entered the
family home and murdered three children aged 11, 3, and a baby girl
along with their parents. The victims were apparently sleeping as the
killer came in.
Itamar residents reported that shots were heard in the area; the
terrorist managed to flee the scene.
Three other children at the home, a 12-year-old girl and her two
brothers, aged 6 and 2, were able to escape to a nearby house and
inform their neighbors of the attack.
The terrorist who carried out the massacre cut the fence surrounding
Itamar and entered the home of the victims through the window, an
initial probe of the murder showed. Authorities could not immediately
discount the possibility that more than one attacker was involved in
´Toys next to pools of blood´
Following an initial report of the incident, large IDF and police
forces rushed to the site. The Air Force also joined the effort to
track down the terrorist, deploying numerous aircraft in the area.
The night’s sky was lit up with flares, as special IDF and police
forces were called in to assist in the manhunt.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office said “troops are scouring the area in
search of the suspect. The IDF is performing inspections at all
crossing points set up in the region.”
Magen David Adom ambulance service teams pronounced the victims dead
at the scene. MDA spokesman Zaki Heller said the ambulance service
got a call around 1 am and dispatched large teams of paramedics to
“When rescue forces entered the house they encountered a very
difficult sight...There were five people there who were hurt. We
could do nothing but pronounce them dead,” he said.
Paramedic Kabaha Muayua was among the first responders at the site
and described the horrific scene he encountered.
“We could not help the first four stab victims. Following an
inspection of the scene I spotted an infant of about three who still
had a pulse. We engaged in lengthy resuscitation efforts but had to
pronounce him dead,” he said. “The murder scene was shocking. Kids’
toys right next to pools of blood.”
Paramedic Gil Moscowitz, who serves as MDA’s director of operations,
said teams dispatched to the home discovered “parents and three
children who were brutally murdered.”
“The parents were lying next to each other in their room…we found
three bodies in the master bedroom; the two parents and a baby,” he
‘Government must back settlers’
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan, who arrived at the site, appeared
shocked by the brutal attack.
“This is no doubt one of the most terrible attacks in recent years,"
he told the reporters on hand.
“Words cannot describe the extent of the horror and pain,” he
said. “Those tempted to think that the Palestinians ceased their acts
of murder see that they do not shy away from any tactic and any
Jewish victims, regardless of how young they are.”
“The time has come for the government to regain its senses and start
backing up the settlement enterprise, which remains vulnerable on the
frontlines,” he said.
The settlement of Itamar, which is surrounded by Palestinian
villages, has been the site of murderous attacks in the past. In June
of 2002, a terrorist entered the community and opened fire, killing
Rachel Shabo and three of her seven children, Neriya, Tzvika, and
Avishai. Yossi Twito, who commanded the local security team at the
settlement, was also shot to death in the attack. (Copyright 2011 ©
Yedioth Internet 03/12/11)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY