US intervenes in case against Palestinians over Israel attacks

A masked Palestinian militant of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a training in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in March 2015The United States said on Tuesday it has intervened in a lawsuit against Palestinian authorities over attacks in Israel that killed and injured Americans, arguing that a high bond could compromise the Palestinians’ financial stability. A US jury in February found the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) liable for the six attacks between 2002 and 2004, which killed 33 people and wounded more than 390 others. The US State Department said it had filed a Statement of Interest — not on behalf of either party — but to express concerns over the possible bond amount that could be issued in the case, according to deputy spokesman Mark Toner.

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