Jordan Soldier Who Killed Israeli Girls Freed After 20 Years

Jordan Soldier Who Killed Israeli Girls Freed After 20 Years

Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier convicted of killing seven Israeli schoolgirls, March 13, 1997, is seen at Um Alluol prison in Mafraq, Jordan, Aug. 7, 2012.


AMMAN, JORDAN

A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison.
Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on the eighth graders while they were on a class trip to the scenic Island of Peace border post, also wounding seven girls. A Jordanian court later deemed Daqamseh mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison, rather than imposing the death penalty.
Daqamseh arrived before dawn Sunday in his home village of Ibdir in northern Jordan. Amateur video posted online showed him being surrounded by singing and dancing men, some kissing him on the cheek.

Jordan announced several days ago that Daqamseh would be released this week, after completing his term. In Jordan, life terms are not open-ended, and prisoners can be released after 20 years.
There was no immediate Israeli government reaction Sunday. In 2011, Israel had summoned Jordan's ambassador to express anger after the kingdom's then-justice minister called for Daqamseh's early release.

Jordan Soldier Who Killed Israeli Girls Freed After 20 Years

FILE - Jordanian soldier Ahmad Daqamseh, who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls, during the trial at an army base in Naour, 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Amman, June 15 1997.


Yisrael Fatihi, whose daughter Sivan had been killed in the attack, told Israel Radio on Sunday that he had been informed by the Israeli embassy in Jordan last week that Daqamseh's release was imminent.
It is unfortunate, but this is the situation, Fatihi said.
After the shooting, Jordan's King Hussein, the late father of the current king, Abdullah II, rushed to Israel and paid condolence visits to the girls' families, a gesture that touched many Israelis at the time. The girls were from the town of Beit Shemesh in central Israel.
Fatihi recalled Hussein's condolence visit, saying he and his family had been sitting on the floor in mourning at the time and that the monarch knelt down next to them.

We told him we really appreciated his visit, Fatihi said.
The 1997 attack came three years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty. The two countries cooperate closely on security matters, including in the battle against Islamic extremism, but the peace treaty remains widely unpopular in Jordan where many residents have Palestinian roots.



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