Amjad Awad, 19, pled guilty on Tuesday to charges of murdering five members of the Fogel family in their home in the Judea and Samaria settlement of Itamar in March.
According to the indictment submitted by military prosecutors, Awad and his accomplice and cousin Hakim Awad infiltrated Itamar, near Nablus, from their nearby village of Awarta. The two broke into the Fogels' home and entered a room where Yoav Fogel, 11, was sleeping. The boy woke and they covered his mouth, took him to another room, and slashed his throat. Hakim then strangled 4-year-old Elad while Amjad stabbed him twice.
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The two then entered the master bedroom and killed the Fogel parents, repeatedly stabbing Ehud, the father, in the neck. They also stabbed Ruth, the mother, and then shot her when she didn't immediately die from her wounds. At that point, the two left the house, but returned to retrieve their weapons. It was at this point, the statement read, that Amjad heard the cries of Hadas, the Fogels' 3-month-old baby girl, and they went on to stab her in the head, murdering her as well.
On Tuesday, Amjad Awad smiled and waved to members of his family as he entered the military courtroom. He showed no signs of regret and told the court that he would commit the murder again if he could, even if it meant facing the death penalty.
Last month, Hakim Awad, who aided Amjad in the murders by holding down the children and shooting their mother Ruth, was convicted and sentenced to five consecutive life sentences. In court, Hakim claimed that security forces had tied up and killed two residents from his village last year.
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