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Israel hands life sentences to Palestinians accused of killing 2 settlers

June 22, 2016 7:19 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2016 10:14 P.M.)
Israeli security block the entrance to the Petah Tikva Justice court during a hearing on July 6, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court sentenced four Palestinians to multiple lifetime imprisonment sentences each on Wednesday over their alleged involvement in the killing of two Israeli settlers in October.

Locals told Ma'an that Amjad Aliwi, Yahya al-Hajj Hamad, Karam al-Masri and Samir Qoussa each received two life sentences and an additional 30 years in prison.

The court postponed sentencing for the other suspects in the case to July.

Naama and Eitam Henkin, two residents of the illegal settlement of Nerya, were killed on Oct. 1, 2015 during a drive-by shooting between the illegal Israeli settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh near Nablus in the northern West Bank, while their four young children were with them in the car.

The attack resulted in widespread rioting by Israeli settlers and numerous attacks on Palestinian communities and their properties.

In May, Israeli forces carried out a punitive demolition targeting a young Palestinian man accused of being involved in the attack, destroying a home belonging to the family of Zeid Amir.

The Henkins’ death marked the beginning of a wave of unrest which has since swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, leading to the killing of more than 220 Palestinians and around 30 Israelis.
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