Hamas members accused of planning to bomb stage during Netanyahu speech

Hamas members accused of planning to bomb stage during Netanyahu speech
Source: AP

An indictment was filed Friday morning against two east Jerusalem residents accused of assisting the enemy in a time of war, contacting a foreign agent and purchasing materials for explosives.

The Jerusalem District Attorney filed the indictment against alleged Hamas recruits Hazem Sandouqa, 22, and Fahdi Abu Qaian, 19, to the Jerusalem District Court.

The two young men had plotted to carry out an attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however they did not set a specific time for the strike, the indictment said.

Among accusations, the indictment stated that Sandouqa had wanted to place an explosive device under a stage during a speech by the premier at the Jerusalem Payis Arena sports facility.

According to the indictment, Sandouqa had also purchased, on multiple occasions, several kilograms of various chemical substances for the purpose of making explosives and explosive devices. According to allegations, he transported the materials to Hamas operatives running a laboratory in an apartment in the Arab neighborhood of Abu Dis, bordering Jerusalem.

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