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Israel jails Palestinian for 25 years over stabbing

Israeli police and forensic experts inspect the scene of a stabbing attack in the Israeli city Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv on November 2, 2015
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Israeli media said that the West Bank resident struck a deal with authorities and made a full confession

An Israeli military court on Wednesday sentenced to 25 years in jail a Palestinian who had stabbed four Israelis in 2015, the army said.

Imad Tardeh was found guilty of attempted murder, the army said in a statement.

The court also ordered him to pay compensation to his victims totaling 220,000 shekels ($60,000, 55,000 euros).

Tardeh was 19 when he stabbed the four Israelis in the central city of Rishon LeTzion, near Tel Aviv, in November 2015, wounding three, one of them seriously, before being arrested by police.

The attacker, who police say was from Hebron, stabbed a 40-year-old man before running to an adjacent street and attacking an elderly woman and a younger man in his twenties.

When bystanders realized what was happening, they began to surround the man as local shopkeepers shut their doors to protect shoppers. The attacker was subdued by passers-by, and police intervened before he could be attacked by the crowd that had gathered.

Israeli media said that the West Bank resident struck a deal with authorities and made a full confession.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 263 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, the Israeli authorities say.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The violence has subsided in recent months.

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