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Israeli sentenced to life over killing of Palestinian teen

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem court has handed a life sentence to the main attacker in the killing of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 whose death helped spark a chain of events that led to that year's Gaza war.

The court sentenced Yosef Haim Ben David, 30, on Tuesday to life plus 20 years. The state prosecutor said the damage he caused Israel and the family of the Palestinian teen is "irreparable."

Ben David and two accomplices abducted 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in his east Jerusalem neighborhood, drove to a forest and burned him to death. They said the abduction was revenge for the killing of three abducted Israeli teens by Palestinians earlier that summer.

The killing was widely condemned in Israel, but fueled violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

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