Palestinian terrorists infiltrated the Israeli city of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, early Shabbat morning and stabbed five family members to death – including children aged 11, 3, and a baby girl. The family was asleep when the terrorist entered. (Three of the family’s children, age two, six and 12, are reported to be still alive.)
Though shots were heard shortly after the attack, the terrorists apparently were able to flee. IDF Forces were quickly deployed in the area to assist in the search for the assailants.
According to an unverified report, Fatah’s military wing – the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – claimed responsibility for the attack.
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.”
Meanwhile, Hamas applauded the attack and, some residents of Gaza were seen celebrating the attack.
Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children.
Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy “is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”