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In Arab village where toddler died, providing security a challenge

DUMA, West Bank Days after suspected Jewish arsonists hurled a firebomb into a house, burning an 18-month-old toddler to death and injuring his parents and brother, Abed Alsalam Dawabsheh, the mayor of Duma, pondered how to increase security for the West Bank town's 3,000 residents. He had serious limitations. "The only thing we can carry is sticks and lights," Dawabsheh said as he sat in the courtyard of the village's elementary school, converted into a mourning tent for the toddler, Ali Dawabsheh, who despite a common last name was not closely related to the mayor. "We are not allowed to carry weapons." Officially, Israel is charged with guaranteeing the...

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