An Israeli court in Jerusalem, on Wednesday, sentenced Abdul Aziz Mirie, aged 22, from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the north of the occupied West Bank, to 35 years in prison plus reparation fees amounting to approximately $140,000, after convicting him of being an accessory to the killing of two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City, in October of last year.
Mirie, a student at Al-Quds University near Jerusalem, was taken into custody days after Muhannad Halabi, from Ramallah, stabbed and killed two Israelis in Jerusalem, and charged with giving assistance to Halabi to enter Jerusalem, in order to carry out the attack.
Mirie’s family members said, according to WAFA correspondence, that the money will go as reparation to the families of the two dead Israelis.
The Israeli prosecutor had asked the court to sentence Mirie to two life terms, but the court issued a sentence of 35 years plus the reparation fees.
The stabbing by Halabi had triggered a series of similar attacks and car ramming that has left more than 30 Israelis dead. Israeli security forces have killed some 270 Palestinians since then, following alleged attacks or during clashes in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, inside Israel, and along the Gaza Strip’s borders with Israel.
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