Palestinian sentenced to 16 years for stabbing Israeli soldiers

AFP , Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

West Bank
File Photo: A Palestinian protester returns back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops following a protest demanding Israel to return the bodies of Palestinians who allegedly stabbed Israelis, in the West Bank city of Hebron November 4, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

A Jerusalem court jailed a Palestinian man Wednesday for 16 years for the December stabbing of two Israeli border policemen in the occupied east Jerusalem.

The court said Mussa Ajlouni, 25, from Jerusalem's Old City, pleaded guilty in a plea bargain to two counts of attempted murder over the December 26 attack on the officers, near his home.

Police at the time described their injuries as light.

The attack came at a time of frequent clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in Israeli-occupied West Bank that spread to the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians have been protesting for weeks against Israel's attempts to build more settlements in east Jerusalem and force out Arab residents of the city that is meant to be a capital for any future Palestinian state.

They have been also protesting repeated Israeli and illegal Jewish settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque and closing the Muslim holy site on a number of occasions to worshippers. The al-Aqsa mosque is one of Islam's holiest sites.

 So far, clashes have claimed the lives of at least 77 people on the Palestinian side -- one of them an Israeli Arab -- along with 10 Israelis.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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