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Israel sentences Palestinian boy to 35 years in jail

17-year-old Palestinian Ayham Al-Sabbah was jailed for 35 years and handed a $0.2m fine on 17 December 2018
17-year-old Palestinian Ayham Al-Sabbah was jailed for 35 years and handed a $0.2m fine on 17 December 2018

An Israeli military court yesterday sentenced 17-year-old boy Palestinian, Ayham Sabbah, to 35 years in prison and fined him one million shekels ($0.27 million), Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Ayham was charged over an alleged stabbing attempt which was said to have taken place in 2016.

At the time, both he and Omar Al-Rimawi were arrested aged only 14 years old. Both were shot and seriously wounded. Omar later succumbed to his wounds while Ayham survived.

Both were accused of attacking Jewish settlers at a supermarket in the occupied West Bank.

The PLO’s Prisoners Commission criticised the harsh sentence, which was passed by the Israeli military court at Ofer, near Ramallah, describing it as unfair.

READ: 2018 one of the bloodiest years for Palestinian children under Israel occupation

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