Israel denies billing Palestinians for medical treatment of Duma arson victims

December 3, 2015 17:36

Israel is denying Palestinian claims that it is seeking NIS 1.9 million in medical bills for the treatment administered to the Dawabsha family, whose home was torched by suspected Jewish arsonists in the West Bank village of Duma.

Riham Dawabsha, 26; her husband, Sa’ad; and their 18-month-old son, Ali, were killed in the blaze.The sole surviving member of the Dawabsha family, Ahmed, 4, is recovering from burns at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. He was recently given a third skin graft, though medical officials say his condition remains serious.

A report in the Palestinian news outlet Ma’an quoted Samir Dawabsha, a relative of the victims in the attack, as saying that the Israeli authorities sent the bill to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

“It appears that paying the medical expenses is a more urgent matter [for Israel] than punishing the murderers,” Dawabsha told Ma’an. “Nonetheless, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Health Ministry have expressed a willingness to pay the sum.”

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