Islamic Jihad operatives 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Central District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment on Monday in the Kfar
Saba Magistrate’s Court against an Israeli citizen for planning to carry out
terror attacks in Israel with Islamic Jihad.
The suspect, 22-year-old
Amir Eyan, who resides in the Nur al-Shams refugee camp near Tulkarm, contacted
Islamic Jihad operative Mahdi Sheikh Yusef in December following Operation
Pillar of Defense and discussed the possibility of obtaining weapons to carry
out attacks against Jews, according to the indictment.
Eyan, the Islamic
Jihad operative, and a third Palestinian, Ahmad Abu Zohara, formed a terror cell
in January, the indictment added.
The cell allegedly planned on producing
weapons and explosive devices and sought to obtain guns to carry out shooting
attacks against Israeli military targets.
The cell was arrested after a
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) probe into their activities, which found that
the men planned to buy a lathe machine worth NIS 70,000 to make
Eyan was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and
participation in an illegal organization. He was remanded by the court to police
custody until at least February 27 and the state is seeking his remand until the
end of the proceedings.
His two partners in the cell, since they are
non-citizens, will be investigated and potentially indicted by the military
advocate-general in the Judea Military Court.