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A terrorist hurling a firebomb. (archive)

A Jerusalem family merited a miracle in the southeastern part of the capital on Saturday night when the balcony of their apartment was suddenly set ablaze by a firebomb — but the fire never reached the main living quarters.

The fire caused by the Molotov cocktail damaged part of the balcony, but was extinguished quickly. No one was physically injured, although the residents in the building, located in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, were traumatized.

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Israeli security teams began to sweep the nearby Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar in an attempt to track down the terrorists.

The attack follows last Thursday’s firebomb attack on a car that left 11-year-old Ayala Shapira with third degree burns on more than a third of her body. Her father, who was driving the vehicle near the Samaria town of El Matan when they were attacked, was also injured and taken to hospital.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced the arrest of two Palestinian Authority Arabs in connection with the attack. The two suspects, ages 15 and 16, are both residents of the village of Azzoun, situated close to El Matan.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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