Israel charges Palestinian with murder

Khaled Koutineh’s wife insists the accident was caused by the bad weather at the time and he has no interest in politics.

Israel charges Palestinian with murder

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israeli prosecutors on Monday filed a murder indictment at a Jerusalem district court against a Palestinian driver who ran over two Israelis in East Jerusalem earlier this month.

Khaled Koutineh, 37, was accused of murder and attempted murder in connection with an April 15 vehicular attack in East Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood that left Shalom Yohai, 26, dead, and Shira Klein, 20, in serious condition.

According to the indictment, the Palestinian driver admitted to having decided to carry out the attack because Jews were responsible for heavy traffic at Israeli checkpoints.

Recent months have seen an uptick in violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, which has led to deaths and injuries on both sides.

Several Israelis have been killed or injured in increasingly frequent Palestinian attacks.

Israeli forces, meanwhile, continue to carry out raids on West Bank villages, frequently rounding up groups of young Palestinian men on claims they are "wanted" by Israeli authorities.

What's more, Israeli troops typically use force to disperse weekly Palestinian rallies against the self-proclaimed Jewish state's decades-long occupation, occasionally leading to deaths among protesters.

Palestinians also decry frequent attacks by extremist Jewish settlers on their communities and property in the occupied territories.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Nisan 2015, 16:25
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