Firebombs exploded in two West Bank homes this morning, igniting a blaze that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents in what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled "an act of terrorism in every respect," reports NBC News. Jewish settlers are suspected, notes the AP; the assailants scrawled graffiti messages including "Long live the Messiah," ''revenge," and "price tag." "This is a suspected attack with nationalist motives," says a police rep, who notes the latter slogan has been used previously by Israeli extremists.
The scene was horrific, with neighbors describing the dead boy's mother fleeing the home with her body on fire and attempts at rescue foiled by too-strong flames. All but 10% of her body was reportedly burned. "I never imagined that this could happen, that someone could come and burn people alive while they are sleeping," said the boy's uncle. "I don't know what those people were thinking. What do they have inside their hearts and minds?" (More West Bank stories.)