Bulgaria: Court hands two life sentences over Hezbollah bombing targeting Israeli tourists

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Pregnant woman among those killed in 2012 bombing attributed to Lebanese terrorist group

A Bulgarian court handed two no-parole life sentences Monday in a trial over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country’s Burgas airport.

Lebanese-Australian Meliad Farah, 31 at the time of the attack, and Lebanese-Canadian Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 24, who fled Bulgaria, were both given life sentences following an in absentia trial.

The two are said to have helped the bomber, Franco-Lebanese national Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, to plot the attack and assemble the IED.

The attack in July 2012 killed five Israelis including a pregnant woman, their Bulgarian bus driver and the attacker, and left over 35 people injured in the deadliest against Israelis abroad since 2004.

Airport CCTV footage showed El-Husseini wandering inside the airport’s arrivals hall with a backpack shortly before the explosion that tore through a bus outside the terminal that was headed to Sunny Beach, a popular summer destination on the Black Sea.

According to witness accounts, he tried to put his backpack inside the luggage compartment of the bus full of Israelis when it exploded; the prosecutors have not been able to establish if he triggered the blast himself, or it was done remotely by one of the accomplices.

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