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Doctor’s Fight for 2-Year-Old Adelle’s Life

Doctors fight to save toddler critically wounded in rock attack. ‘We’re optimistic.'
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/15/2013, 9:08 AM

Hospital (illustrative)
Hospital (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The two-year-old girl critically wounded in a rock attack near Ariel on Thursday night remains in extremely serious condition.

The girl, Adelle Biton, was in a car along with her mother and two older sisters, 6-year-old Naama and 4-year-old Avigail. All four were wounded when Arab men hurled rocks at a truck traveling the opposite direction, causing it to veer off course and hit their car.

Adelle was most seriously hurt. Her mother suffered moderate-to-serious injuries and the two other girls are in moderate condition.

“The two-year-old baby girl is in critical condition,” a doctor at Beilinson hospital said. “We aren’t giving up, we’re doing everything we can to save her. We’re optimistic.”

The Biton family lives in the town of Yakir in Samaria (Shomron).

Just minutes before the attack in which the family was injured, terrorists carried out a similar attack targeting a car driven by a man from Eli. That attack wounded a one-year-old baby boy. The child suffered light injuries and is expected to recover.

A former MK’s wife was hurt in a third rock attack Thursday. Aviva Hazan, who lives in Ariel, was hit in the eye by broken glass when terrorists hurled stones at a bus headed for Tel Aviv, breaking its windows.

The attacks Thursday led to renewed calls for the army to take rock attacks seriously and to change the rules of engagement to encourage soldiers to fire on rock-throwers. The IDF has since arrested 10 suspects in one of the attacks.