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Palestinian teen sentenced to 15 years in prison over 2015 stabbing

Feb. 8, 2017 9:47 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2017 12:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian teenager to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in a stabbing attack in which an Israeli was wounded, Hebrew-language news sites reported.

The court also ordered that Anas al-Aqraa, 19, pay 15,000 shekels ($4,000) in compensation to the Israeli wounded in the March 2015 attack.

The sentence was the latest to be handed down to young Palestinians, many of whom have been accused of involvement in attacks or attempted attacks in the occupied territory after a wave of political unrest began in October 2015.

Some of the harsher sentences to be handed down in the past two months have included a 22-year-old Jerusalemite sentenced to 35 years in prison for allegedly assisting in a deadly stabbing attack, an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for an alleged stabbing attempt by a 17-year-old East Jerusalem girl, 16 years in prison and a $20,929 fine for a 19-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot and injured while allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler, while a Palestinian youth was sentenced to 18 years in prison for allegedly throwing a rock at an Israeli vehicle that caused the death of an Israeli -- representing the harshest sentence ever handed down for stone throwing.
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