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Jordan Releases Terrorist Who Murdered Seven Israeli Girls

In 1997, a Jordanian soldier carried out a terrorist attack at the Island of Peace near the Israel-Jordan border. Opening fire on a group of visiting Israeli schoolgirls, the terrorist killed seven of the children. Now, Israel Hayom reports, Jordan has released the murderer after only 20 years:

A Jordanian soldier who in 1997 killed seven Israeli schoolgirls was released Sunday after serving 20 years in prison.

The attack took place on March 13, 1997, when Cpl. Ahmed Daqamseh of the Jordanian army opened fire on a group of seventh- and eighth-grade Israeli schoolgirls visiting the Island of Peace, a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourist resort under Jordanian rule. Daqamseh killed seven girls and wounded five others and a teacher before Jordanian soldiers were able to stop him.

Later that year, Daqamseh was convicted of multiple counts of murder by a military tribunal and was sentenced to life in prison, which under Jordanian law is 20 years. He would have faced the death penalty but the tribunal ruled he was mentally unstable at the time of the shooting.

The attack came three years after Israel and Jordan signed their historic peace treaty. Jordan's King Hussein, the late father of King Abdullah, made a public apology to Israel over the murders. Hussein, who was on a state visit to Spain at the time of the shooting, rushed to Israel and paid condolences visits to the girls' families, a gesture that touched many Israelis...

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