Two Palestinians Indicted for Fogel Massacre

Forensic evidence links teens to crime scene; Amjad Awad,19, and Hakim Awad, 18 have confessed to the murder of the Fogel family.

Two Palestinians charged with the brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar were indicted in a West Bank military court yesterday - Amjad Awad,19, and Hakim Awad, 18. The two confessed.

The military prosecution said forensic evidence - including DNA samples and fingerprints - linked them to the crime scene.

Five members of the Fogel family were stabbed to death in their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar on the night of March 11 - Ehud and Ruth Fogel, along with three of their young children, Yoav, 11; Elad, 4; and Hadas, 3 months old.

The indictment says the suspects from the nearby village of Awarta studied Itamar and before setting out, they reportedly filmed themselves as terrorists do before an attack.

The two allegedly reached Itamar's security fence around 7 P.M. At the Fogel home, the two entered the children's room, and covered Yoav's mouth, as he had been awakened by their entry. They told him not to be afraid, took him to a nearby room and slashed his throat and stabbed him in the chest.

Hakim then allegedly strangled 4-year-old Elad with Amjad stabbing him twice in the chest. According to the indictment, the two then entered the parents' room and turned on the light. Ehud was repeatedly stabbed in the neck. Ruth was also stabbed repeatedly, but was shot when the suspects saw that she had not died.

The two allegedly left, but returned to retrieve their weapons when Amjad heard the cries of baby Hadas and feared this would wake the neighbors. He allegedly stabbed her once in the head.