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Jewish settler family murdered in West Bank

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 01:45

Mar 12 - Family of five Jewish settlers killed in West Bank as Israeli officials blame Palestinian infiltrator.

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Israelis are reeling in the wake of a bloody murder that took the lives of a family of five in the West Bank. A Palestinian infiltrator is believed to have broken into a home in the Jewish settlement of Itamar on Saturday and stabbed a couple and three of their children to death, including a baby. Paramedics say they were shocked by the attack's brutality. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) KABHA MA'AWIYEH, PARAMEDIC WHO ARRIVED FIRST TO HOUSE OF STABBED FAMILY, SAYING: "I entered and I saw a horrifying site, you see pools of blood from the door into the inner rooms, the bedrooms. I looked around inside the rooms and saw a mother, father and a child and baby in the bed, both of them stabbed. Huge pools of blood, the mother is laying near by, also stabbed." The incident will likely further stall peace talks between Israel and Palestine. No Palestinian faction has taken credit for the murders, though some Hamas officials supports attacks on settlers. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESPERSON SAMI ABU ZUHRI SAYING: "There is insufficient information regarding the death of the five Israelis. The only side we have heard is the Israeli side. In any case, we in Hamas movement offer full support to actions against the Israeli settlers who every day commit crimes, kill and terrorize the Palestinians in the territories and villages, with the full support of the government and the army." About 100 families live in the settlement. Officials are investigating and have set up road blocks in the area. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Jewish settler family murdered in West Bank

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 01:45