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Palestinian sentenced to life in prison over killing of two Israelis

Nov. 28, 2016 5:14 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 1:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man received two life sentences on Monday after being convicted of killing two Israelis last year, Israeli media reported.

According to news outlet Ynet, Raed Khalil, a 36-year-old resident of the village of Dura in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron, was found guilty of stabbing and killing Aharon Yesayev, 32, and Reuven Aviram, 51, in Tel Aviv on Nov. 19, 2015.

Aviram’s brother Alex was quoted by Ynet as saying that “the murderer, according to the requests made by the family, should not leave prison or see the light of day or his family … He killed Jews and his place is in prison for his entire life.”

Earlier in the day, an Israeli court sentenced Tamer Yunis Wreidat, a 26-year-old resident of the Hebron-area village of al-Dhahiriya, to 16-and-a-half years in prison for carrying out a stabbing attack at a mall in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva on Oct. 7, 2015 in which one Israeli was lightly wounded.

Israeli courts have been sentencing Palestinians, including a number of minors, in past weeks over a number of attacks and alleged attacks which took place when a wave of unrest first emerged across the occupied territory and Israel in October 2015.

In the past month, Israeli courts have notably sentenced 17-year-old Nurhan Awwad to 13-and-a-half years in prison, and 14-year-old Ahmad Manasra to 12 years in prison.

According to Ma’an documentation, 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since Oct.1, 2015, while 241 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis during the same time period.

Meanwhile, some 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of October, 458 of whom were serving life sentences according to prisoners rights group Addameer.

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