Palestinian jailed for killing settler family

2012-01-16 19:00

Jerusalem - An Israeli military court on Monday sentenced a 19-year-old Palestinian to five consecutive life sentences for killing a family of five in a northern West Bank settlement, the army said.

Amjad Awwad also received an additional seven years' imprisonment for the grisly murders, which saw the family stabbed to death as they were sleeping in Itamar settlement in March 2011.

His cousin, Hakim Awwad, 18, was sentenced to a similar prison term in October.

According to the charge sheet, the cousins, from the nearby village of Awarta, acted of their own free will although both are members of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The two men were convicted of killing Ehud and Ruthy Fogel and their three young children, one of whom was 3-month-old baby, in a murder that sparked international condemnation.

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