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Israeli court sentences Palestinian to life in prison over deadly shooting attack

Jan. 9, 2017 2:32 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 9, 2017 8:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian man to two life sentences for a deadly shooting attack in 2015, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Monday.

The Ofer military court found Muhammad Husni Abu Shahin, a resident of the Qalandiya refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank, guilty of killing an Israeli and wounding another near the illegal settlement of Dolev in June 2015.

The court also imposed a 3.5 million-shekel ($908,955) fine on Abu Shahin, PPS lawyer Akram Samara said.

Israeli courts typically impose on Palestinian attackers a number of life sentences equal to the number of Israelis killed. It remained unclear why Abu Shahin received two life sentences in this case.

However, upon detaining Abu Shahin in July 2015, the Israeli army claimed that Abu Shahin had committed a total of "six shooting attacks," including an alleged shooting that left an Israeli soldier injured in November 2014.

Abu Shahin had reportedly been imprisoned by Israel between 2006 and 2008 for “plotting stabbing and shooting attacks."

In November 2015, Israeli forces carried out a punitive demolition on Abu Shahin’s home in Qalandiya, leading to clashes in which Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians.

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

Between October 2015 and December 2016, 34 Israelis were killed by Palestinians. During the same time period, 247 Palestinians were killed by Israelis, the vast majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.
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