Israel today hunted for the perpetrators of a grisly murder of a family of five in a remote West Bank settlement, and the Palestinian Authority sent security forces to join the manhunt. The knife attack, which killed two young children, a baby, and their parents as they slept, was the deadliest in years. Israeli forces set up checkpoints throughout the area surrounding the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank. Military officials said they had made some arrests, but wouldn't provide details.
"The murder of parents and their little children ... indicates a loss of humanity," said Israeli President Shimon Peres. "No religion and no faith in the world condones such atrocious acts." Two young children asleep in another part of the house survived. Another family member, a 12-year-old girl, was away at a youth group function when the attack occurred. She arrived home to discover the carnage and then alerted authorities.