(AFP) An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian, Monday, to two life terms for allegedly shooting dead Israeli hiker Danny Gonen in the occupied West Bank 19 months ago, the army said.

The Judea military court also ruled that Mohammad Abu Shahin must pay Gonen’s family 3.5 million shekels ($910,000, 860,00 euros) in compensation for the June 19, 2015 alleged killing, a statement said.

Abu Shahin was also convicted of 13 counts of “attempted murder” for a series of shootings between April 2014 and July 2015.

A soldier was wounded in one of the attacks.

The court said Abu Shahin targeted “soldiers and civilians solely because they were Jewish” and recommended that he should not be pardoned and that his sentence should not be shortened, it added.

Abu Shahin was arrested in July 2015 and months later the army demolished his home, as part of controversial measures by Israel to deter further attacks.

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