Palestinian sentenced to 25 years

Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades member convicted of launching rockets into Israel.

rocket launcher lebanon 248 ap (photo credit: AP)
rocket launcher lebanon 248 ap
(photo credit: AP)
The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court sentenced a member of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades to 25 years in prison for launching rockets into Israel. Additionally, the man was convicted of assisting two terrorists in executing a terrorist attack inside Israel that resulted in two IDF soldiers being wounded.  
According to the indictment, in June 2006, the guilty party recruited three people into the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza. The man was charged and convicted of asking other members of the organization to allow him to participate in firing rockets into Israel. In October 2006, the man made contact with an Aksa Martyrs Brigades member who proposed to the convicted party that he participate in a rocket launching into Israel. The man agreed.
According to the indictment, the man arrived at the home of another Aksa Martyrs Brigades member, where he met with several other terrorists. The group proceeded to pull out three rockets that had been hidden in bags around the house, load up the rockets onto a vehicle, and drive to the water tower crossing near the Erez border terminal. From there, the terrorists fired rockets into Israel.
Additionally, the convicted man confessed that in June 2007, he arrivedat the home of yet another Aksa Martyrs Brigades fighter, where thetwo men agreed to dispatch two terrorists to carry out a suicide bombing. Theidentity of these proposed attackers was not known to the convicted man.
Asenior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joined in on this plot, and the PFLP member trained the terrorists to carry out their planned suicidebombing.
The plotters met on three separate occasions inJuly 2007. Yet, the suicide operation was nevercarried out. In August 2007, the guilty party helped carry out anattack against IDF soldiers at the Erez crossing.