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16-year-old Palestinian boy charged with killing Israeli soldier on Egged bus named

By Mason White 6:08 PM December 12, 2013
Hussein Rwadra 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
A Palestinian boy was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly killed an Israeli soldier onboard an Egged bus, according to military court proceedings in Israel.

Israeli military officials said that a Palestinian teenager, Hussein Rwadra, who murdered Israeli soldier Eden Atias in the central bus station in Afula, was charged with six counts of murder in the first degree.

According to the indictment filed with the military court in Samaria, in 2012, the defendant, 16, volunteered to participate in a stabbing terror attack against a soldier working at a security check point.

During a conversation among several Palestinians, the defendant showed a knife to his friend, and said that he planned to use it to carry out a terrorist attack. However, his friend refused to participate. Several months ago, the defendant bought a knife with a 10 centimeter blade, in order to kill an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint or inside Israel.

Two weeks before the terrorist attack, the boy infiltrated Israel. While in Israel, he worked in Nazareth and other cities.

On the morning of November 13, the defendant boarded Egged bus line 823 towards Afula.

When the bus arrived in Afula, he saw Israeli soldier Eden Atias, and after the bus stopped, he drew his knife, and went over to Atias. He grabbed Atias’ head and slit his throat.

Atias tried to push the boy away, but he was stabbed 17 times until a border police officer intervened.

The boy was also accused of throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles.