Man who made explosives belts used in bombings gets 18 life sentences

An IDF court sentenced Iyad Abu Shahidam, who was convicted of manufacturing the explosives belts used in a double suicide bombing in Beersheba in August 2004 and a bombing at the Kafit restaurant in Jerusalem, to 18 consecutive life sentences on Monday. Sixteen people were killed and 91 wounded when two suicide bombers, wearing Abu Shahidam's belts, boarded local buses in Beersheba and detonated themselves. The IDF Chief Prosecutor said that Abu Shahidam had committed his acts while a member of Hamas and out of a "murderous" ideology that kept him from expressing any remorse for his deeds.