U.S. condemns ‘vicious’ attack that killed Palestinian baby

White House condemns the arson attack in the West Bank that killed an 18 month old Palestinian boy.

WASHINGTON DC, USA (JULY 31, 2015) (NBC) – The White House on Friday (July 31) condemned in the strongest possible terms the ‘vicious’ arson attack that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian baby.

“The arson attack on a family’s home in the dead of night, resulted in the death of an 18 months old baby and the injury of three other family members. We convey our profound condolences for the family and extend our prayers for a full recovery for those who were injured in the attack,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The baby boy was killed when two homes were set on fire in the West Bank by suspected Jewish extremists.

The house in Duma, a small village near the city of Nablus, was torched in the early morning as the family slept. Graffiti in Hebrew reading “revenge” was scrawled on the wall outside.

Both the child’s parents and his four-year-old brother were badly hurt. They were taken by helicopter for treatment in an Israeli hospital, officials said.

The White House echoed the words of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who described the attack as terrorism and welcomed his orders to Israeli security forces to “apprehend the murderers.”

Israel tore down two illegal structures in the Beit El settlement near Ramallah and removed dozens of people from another settlement near Nablus on Wednesday (July 29), prompting protests.

An Israeli Police spokeswoman said the torching appeared to have been a “Price Tag” attack, a reference to settlers who exact retribution for Israeli government curbs on settlement expansion.

The “Price Tag” group, has been blamed for torching a number of mosques and homes in the West Bank in recent years. Those attacks caused damage but no casualties.

Though Israel has promised to crack down on such assailants only a handful of indictments have been handed down.