Palestinian gets life sentence for bus attack

Jerusalem: An Israeli court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian man to life in prison over a bus attack in Jerusalem last October that killed three Israelis. The court gave Bilal Abu-Ghanem, 21, three life terms plus 60 years in prison, Xinhua news agency reported. Abu-Ghanem was convicted in June of three counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder and of aiding the enemy during war. He will also have to pay $83,000 to the families of the murdered victims and $40,000 to the families of the injured. Abu-Ghanem was one of the two Palestinians who carried out a combined shooting and stabbing attack on a Jerusalem bus in October 2015. Other than the three Israelis killed, seven others were wounded. The other attacker was killed by Israeli police forces. Israelis and the Palestinians have been mired in a wave of violence since October that has claimed the lives of 34 Israelis and 215 Palestinians.