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Judge Issues $116M Verdict Against Hamas

A federal judge Tuesday ordered the Palestinian militant group Hamas to pay $116 million in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996. The ruling upheld a magistrate judge’s decision last month on behalf of relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar, who lived in Israel when they were killed. Family members of Yaron Ungar sued in March 2000 under a 1991 law allowing relatives of American victims of overseas terrorism to seek damages in U.S. courts. Efrat Ungar was an Israeli. It was unclear whether Hamas would honor the verdict or whether the group has the money to pay. Hamas has had no legal representation in the lawsuit. Full Story

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