Family snapshot of Ayala
Shapira, the child attacked
by the firebombers on Thursday
This Ongoing War..
28 December '14..
There are two reports in this blog post, each one about a child.
A news blackout was lifted tonight (Saturday) on the arrest of two Palestinian Arabs, at least one of them a minor, who launched a firebomb attack Thursday night on identifiably-Israeli vehicles plying the roads in the vicinity of their village, Kfar Azoun (in some reports, Azzoun), in Israel's Samaria district. Ynet reports that both attackers have confessed under interrogation.
Video of the attack's immediate aftermath
Firebombs, also known as Molotov Cocktails, are "primarily intended to set targets ablaze rather than instantly destroy them", according to Wikipedia. The attack on Thursday night succeeded. It set the target ablaze. The target is now in hospital, fighting a desperate battle for her life. She is eleven years old.
The girl, Ayala Shapira, had third-degree burns on her face and upper torso, and her wounds were life-threatening, according to medical officials at the Tel Aviv hospital treating her. The girl’s father, Avner Shapira, suffered minor injuries... Ayala Shapira’s mother, Ruth, told reporters that she was driving the family car on the same road a month ago when it was hit by a firebomb but she was unharmed... There has been an uptick in Palestinian attacks against Israelis in recent weeks, including deadly assaults in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Israeli-occupied West Bank... ["Israeli Girl Severely Wounded in Firebomb Attack in West Bank", New York Times, December 25, 2014]
An uptick?! Here's what uptick translates into in terms of the lives of real children and their parents.