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Jordan Pays Families Of Shooting Victims

Mon., Feb. 9, 1998

Jordan’s King Hussein has sent a personally signed check for $1 million to Israel for the families of seven schoolgirls killed last year by a Jordanian soldier.

In a letter sent to Israeli President Ezer Weizman, Hussein told him to distribute the money to the victims’ families “however you see fit.”

“We cannot, sadly, bring back those innocent children who were killed or truly compensate the pain and trauma of those who were hurt,” Hussein’s letter said. “But I ask, in this personal gesture, to try and slightly alleviate their pain.”

Cpl. Ahmed Daqamseh, 28, a Jordanian army driver, opened fire on Israeli girls who were on a field trip last March on an island in the Jordan River, killing seven and injuring six.

Despite claims by Daqamseh’s family that he was mentally unstable, a military court sentenced the soldier to life in prison.

At the time, Hussein called both Weizman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn the attack and then personally visited the families in Israel to offer condolences.


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