Israeli police ride their horses outside Damascus Gate at Jerusalem's Old city July 28, 2017. .
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Indictments have been filed against three residents from east Jerusalem who planned to carry out a terrorist attack on behalf of Hamas, The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office said on Sunday, ynet reported.
The office has filed indictments against the three suspects, who initially conspired to carry out a shooting attack on behalf of Hamas on the Tel Aviv beach, however, after discussing their plans, thought it would be better to carry out the attacks in and around Jerusalem, including at Damascus Gate.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, they were imprisoned in 2017, but released earlier this year, following which two of the suspects were in contact with a Hamas operative in Istanbul and suggested they carry out an assassination of top figures, naming former Likud MK Yehudah Glick, ex-police chief Roni Alsheich and former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.
The third suspect remained in contact with the Hamas operative in Turkey.
"Two of the defendants conspired with a Hamas activist in Istanbul to carry out a murderous terrorist attack," The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office said in the statement. "[They conspired] to carry out terrorist funded operations with the aim of committing a serious terrorist offense, and maintained contact with a foreign [Hamas] operative without a reasonable explanation."
"Another defendant knowingly had contact with a Hamas activist in Turkey and had also planned to carry out an act [of terrorism] with the funds of a terrorist organization," it added.
The State Attorney's office has requested that the suspects remain in custody until the end of the legal process.
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