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Two soldiers convicted of raping female servicemember

Two male soldiers, a private and a corporal, are convicted by a military court in the south of raping and sexually assaulting a female soldier serving at the Hatzerim Air Force Base.

The attack took place in April 2015. The indictment that led to this week’s conviction charged that other male soldiers watched the rape, and even filmed it.

One of the soldiers, the private, was also convicted of a rape of a fellow soldier a few months earlier, in November 2014.

In a statement following the conviction, the army says it “will deal severely with sexual crimes, show zero tolerance toward assault and will prosecute sex offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

The soldiers’ sentencing is expected in the coming weeks.

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