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Family Slaughtered By Palestinians

March 12, 2011 - 8:11 AM | by: Yonat Friling

Five members of an Israeli?family were killed Friday night when a suspected terrorist broke into their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed them all to death. The 12-year-old daughter who returned home from a friend’s house discovered the bodies.? According to police, the suspect broke into the house armed with a knife and stabbed the mother, father and three children, aged 11, 4 and a three-month-old baby. Two infants, aged 2 and 4, survived the attack while escaping to their neighbors.

Baby Girl Hadas, 3 months old

One of the paramedics who arrived at the scene described the horrific sights ?We could not help the first four stab victims. Following an inspection of the scene I spotted an infant of about three who still had a pulse. We engaged in lengthy resuscitation efforts but had to pronounce him dead,? he said. ?The murder scene was shocking. Kids? toys right next to pools of blood.?

Elad, 4 years old

Security sources suspect that the attacker who carried out the massacre cut the fence surrounding Itamar and entered the home of the victims through the window, authorities could not immediately discount the possibility that more than one attacker was involved in the murder.?The military blocked the entrance to the northern West Bank settlement of Itamar, as soldiers poured inside and a pair of ambulances departed.

Yoav, 11 years old

Prime Minister Netanyahu was updated on the killings overnight and ordered the IDF and security services to widen the scope of their activities in order to capture the killers. Netanyahu expressed deep outrage over the horrific crime. “This despicable murder of an entire family of innocents, parents, children and infants, while they were sleeping in their home on Shabbat,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. Netanyahu demanded that the Palestinian Authority and its president to help find the murderers.

“Israel will not return to normalcy after a despicable murder such as this. Israel will act assertively to preserve the security of the lives of Israeli citizens, and punish the murderers,” Netanyahu emphasized.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed Saturday that Israel would use every means possible to track down those behind the fatal stabbing of a family of five in the West Bank settlement of Itamar on Friday night.

“The IDF and security services will act quickly and with all the tools at their disposal in order to capture those responsible for the despicable murder, ” Barak said.

Itamar, a religious Jewish settlement in the hills of the northern West Bank, close to the Palestinian city of Nablus, is home to some of the West Bank’s most fervent settlers, and it is frequently in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The overnight attack is the first attack against settlers in months and the first of its kind and scope in years. It marks a rare outburst of violence during a relatively calm period.