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Israel sentences Hamas militant to life imprisonment

  • Palestinian Ibrahim Hamed, a one-time head of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in the West Bank, looks over as he arrives in the docks where an Israeli military court will hand down a sentence at the Ofer military court, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 1, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

  • Hamed was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Israeli military court on July 1, 2012 for killing 46 people in a string of bombings during a Palestinian uprising. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Files

  • Palestinian Ibrahim Hamed, a one-time head of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in the West Bank, arrives in the docks where an Israeli military court will hand down a sentence at the Ofer military court, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 1, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

  • Palestinian Ibrahim Hamed, a one-time head of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in the West Bank, looks over as he arrives in the docks where an Israeli military court will hand down a sentence at the Ofer military court, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 1, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A Hamas militant was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Israeli military court on Sunday for killing 46 people in a string of bombings during a Palestinian uprising.

Ibrahim Hamed led Hamas's military wing in the occupied West Bank until his arrest in 2006, six years after the uprising began.

Hamas had unsuccessfully sought Hamed's release in a prisoner swap last October in which captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was traded for more than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.

In convicting him last week, the court said Hamed was involved in attacks that included bombings in a central Jerusalem square, a popular cafe in the city and a cafeteria at Hebrew University.

It said he was responsible for the deaths of 46 Israelis and the wounding of more than 400, and sentenced him to 54 life terms.

 
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