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Military prosecutors charge 3 Palestinians over deadly shooting in December
Military prosecutors file indictments against three Palestinian men accused of carrying out a deadly shooting spree in December in which an Israeli, Yehuda Dimentman, was killed outside the illegal Homesh outpost in northern West Bank, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The three men – Muhammad Youssef Jaradat, Mahmoud Ghaleb Jaradat and Ghaith Ahmed Yassin Jaradat – are each charged with “intentionally causing death”, the equivalent of murder in the military justice system, although only two of them they were suspected of having committed the murderous act. shoot themselves. Their charges come a week after a Palestinian teenager was accused of driving the getaway car that was used in the attack.
The minor’s mother and one of the adult suspects should also be charged with failing to prevent the attack and helping them afterwards, as her teenage son told her about the plans beforehand and she helped hide the weapons they used. after the attack, the army said. A number of other Palestinians are also accused of failing to prevent the attack and of participating in the sale of the weapons used in the attack.
According to the indictment, the three men who carried out the attack planned the shooting in advance, choosing the targets (the Israeli settlers) and the location (Homesh) and planning their escape route. They also planned to steal the body of one of their victims, according to the IDF.
On December 16, the three suspects arrived on the road outside the Homesh outpost, where settlers illegally operate a yeshiva, or religious school, and waited several hours for a car to leave the area. When one of them finally did, two of them took up positions along the road armed with guns, while the third ran for the emergency car. As the car carrying Dimentman and two other illegal yeshiva students passed, they began shooting, each firing 20 rounds before a traffic jam caused their guns to stop working, then they fled the scene in the emergency car . Dimentman suffered fatal injuries and the other two passengers received minor injuries.
The three suspects, as well as the minor who acted as a driver, were arrested a few days later and have since been detained by the army.