Friday 22 November 2019

Palestinian imprisoned for life for killing three Israeli teenagers

Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel (L-R), the three Israeli teenagers who disappeared when hitchhiking near a Jewish settlement on June 12, and whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank on June 30, 2014, are seen in this undated combination handout picture released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on July 1, 2014
Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel (L-R), the three Israeli teenagers who disappeared when hitchhiking near a Jewish settlement on June 12, and whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank on June 30, 2014, are seen in this undated combination handout picture released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on July 1, 2014
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Shirel Shaer speaks at the funeral ceremony of her brother Gilad Shaer at his home town in Talmon Settlement.

An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian to life in prison after convicting him of masterminding the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers, which sparked a chain of events that led to last summer's Gaza war.

The court handed Hussam Qawasmeh three life sentences, one for each teenager.

Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, were abducted and killed in June while hitchhiking home in the West Bank.

Israel launched an extensive search operation and arrested hundreds of Hamas members in the West Bank. Hamas stepped up rocket fire on southern Israel, prompting a military response that escalated into a 50-day war.

More than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed.

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