A mother, father and three of their children were stabbed to death late Friday night in Itamar, southeast of Nablus.
The murders occurred shortly after 10 p.m., when one or two attackers jumped the fence that surrounds Itamar and broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel, aged 35 and 36, respectively. The attackers went room to room, stabbing the parents, a three-month-old baby, Hadas, Elad, three, and Yoav, 11.
Fatah’s al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility. Their statement claimed the “heroic” operation was a “natural response to massacres committed by the occupation against our people in the Gaza Strip and West Bank,” adding that the perpetrator managed to return safely to his base.
Hamas also hailed the attack as a “heroic operation” and “natural response to Israeli crimes and massacres.” In Rafah, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the killings, and handed sweets to passersby and drivers
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A Palestinian man offers sweets to a woman in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on March 12, 2011 to celebrate an attack which killed five Israeli settlers at the Itamar settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus.
It was an Israeli FAMILY.
Three children! A three month old infant.