Tags: ML | Jordan | Israel

Jordan Releases Soldier Who Killed 7 Israeli Girls in 1997

Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:54 PM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison, an official said.

Ahmed Daqamseh had killed the eighth graders in a 1997 shooting rampage at the scenic "Island of Peace" border post where he was stationed. Seven other girls were wounded at the time.

The release could raise tensions between Israel and Jordan. In 2011, Israel summoned Jordan's ambassador to express anger after the kingdom's justice minister at the time called for Daqamseh's release.

Amer Sartawi, a spokesman for Jordan's Public Security Directorate, said Daqamseh was freed early Sunday.

A military court deemed him mentally unstable at the time and sentenced him to life in prison, which in Jordan typically means 25 years. Jordanian lawmakers had lobbied for his early release.

After the shooting, Jordan's King Hussein — the late father of the current king, Abdullah II — rushed to Israel and paid condolence visits to the girls' families, a gesture that touched many Israelis at the time.

The shooting came three years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.

© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

   
1Like our page
2Share
MiddleEast
A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison, an official said.Ahmed Daqamseh had killed the eighth graders in a 1997 shooting rampage at the scenic "Island of Peace" border...
ML,Jordan,Israel
187
2017-54-11
Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:54 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved