(JNS.org) Two Palestinian men were arrested and confessed to carrying out Thursday’s firebomb attack that seriously injured an 11-year-old girl and lightly wounded her father.
The two men from the town of Azzoun, ages 16 and 17, were part of a group of 12 Palestinians arrested overnight Thursday, according to Israel's Shin Bet security agency.
On Thursday, the firebomb injured 11-year-old Ayala Shapira and her father Avner near the Judea and Samaria neighborhood of Ma’ale Shomron. The two Palestinian men confessed to having been on the side of the road with the express aim of hurling firebombs at passing cars. They said they fled back to their village after the firebomb exploded inside the Shapiras' vehicle.
Ayala suffered third-degree burns to 30-40 percent of her body despite managing to escape the attacked vehicle. Reports indicate that her condition slightly improved, but she remained in serious condition, according to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.
"Tell the family we stand by their side and wish them a fast recovery," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Yossi Dagan, the acting head of the Samaria Region Council on Thursday.