By Anees Bargouthi
JERUSALEM (AA) – Ahmad Dawabsheh, the orphaned son of a Palestinian family killed last year in an arson attack by Israeli extremists, is set to leave for Spain, where he will meet his favorite footballer.
“Ahmad will leave the hospital for a five-day visit to Real Madrid, where he will meet his favorite player, Cristiano Ronaldo,” Ahmad’s uncle, Nasser Dawabsheh, told Anadolu Agency.
He added that Ahmad — along with his grandparents — would depart from Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport en route for Spain on Tuesday night.
According to Nasser, the boy’s doctors had allowed him to leave for five days on condition that he return immediately to the hospital to complete medical treatment.
In July of last year, extremist Israeli settlers torched the Dawabsheh family’s home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Ahmad’s parents and his 18-month-old brother Ali were killed in the attack, which sent shockwaves across the Palestinian community and drew international condemnation.
[Photo:Five-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Dawabsha, the orphaned son of a Palestinian family killed last year in an arson attack by Israeli extremists, leaves Nablus to fly Spain, where he will meet Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, in Nablus, West Bank on March 15, 2016. Photographer: Nedal Eshtayah/AA]