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Heavy Sentences for Two Arabs

Two Arabs convicted of planting a bomb on a bus and belonging to the El Fatah received heavy sentences yesterday by a military court in Lod. Jamil Abu Dakka, 27, of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Jebril Muhammed Abu Hani, 32, a Bedouin from the Negev, received a 17-year sentence.

According to the charges, Abu Hani, a former waiter in a Tel Aviv hotel planted a booby-trapped parcel under a seat on a bus traveling from Beersheba to Tel Aviv. He tried to get off the bus but the driver told him there were no stops. When the bus stopped because of a punctured tire, he jumped off the vehicle with the parcel and threw it into a field where it exploded, the prosecutor said. Abu Hani told the court he planned the bomb attack with Abu Dakka.