Palestinian terrorist sentenced to 18 years for severely wounding 11-year-old Ayala Shapira

A military court has sentenced Mohammed Badwan to prison for 18 years for seriously injuring then 11-year-old Ayala Shapira in a terrorist attack in 2014. He was convicted of attempted manslaughter after throwing a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle in which Ayala and her father were driving.
Ayala Shapira | Archive Photo Credit: Shapira Family/ Channel 2 News

The military court sentenced terrorist Mohammed Badwan, who threw a Molotov cocktail at a moving vehicle, to 18 years in prison for severely wounding Ayala Shapira in December 2014. Badwan is also required to pay the Shapira family a compensation of NIS 50,000, about $14,000.

Badwan had been convicted in the past for throwing another Molotov cocktail at a moving vehicle in November 2014, but the Israeli civilian in the vehicle was not injured.

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Badwan was arrested on the day of the attack and has been under arrest since then. Fahmi Tabib, his accomplice and a minor at the time of the attack, was sentenced in August 2016 to 14 years' imprisonment.

Shapira, who was then 11 years old, was seriously injured and her father, Avner, was moderately injured when they were attacked on the road between Ma'ale Shomron and El Matan in the West Bank. Shapira's father managed to free his daughter from the burning car and carried her about a half a mile to the first house that he came across.

Ayla Shapira suffered from severe burns and underwent a long process of rehabilitation and recovery. A few weeks after the attack she was finally able to communicate with her family and she remained hospitalized for eight months to undergo treatments.



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