HUFFINGTON POST
01/06/2015 10:43 am ET Updated Mar 08, 2015

Israel Sentences Hamas Man To Life For Killing Teens

JERUSALEM, Jan 6 (Reuters) - An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian to life imprisonment over the killing of three Israeli youths, whose abduction in the occupied West Bank set off a chain of events leading to the 50-day Gaza war last summer.

The court found that Hussam Kawasmeh, a member of the militant Hamas Islamist group, planned the abduction in which Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, were shot dead while hitchhiking in the occupied West Bank in June. (Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller/Jeremy Gaunt)