Gaza Resident Who Broke Through Border Fence Charged With Acting Against State Security

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Palestinian protestors tear down a section of a border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during clashes with Israeli security forces on October 12, 2015.Credit: AFP

A 23- year-old Gaza resident, Mahmed Abu Huza, was charged in Be'er Sheva District Court on Friday with ties to Hamas and a series of offenses against the security of the state, after allegedly joining the Islamist group last summer, collecting intelligence on Israeli troop movements and breaching the security fence.

Abu Huza was posted as a lookout in the Al-Bureij area of the strip, where he watched Israeli troops across the border for Hamas, according to the charges. He was arrested about a month ago while attempting to cross the border fence and was taken in for questioning.

He joined the ranks of Hamas during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after approaching the chief Hamas official in the Al-Bureij area, and was sent to a training course that included weapons training and target shooting, it is alleged. After completing his basic training, he began his service as a watchman armed with a Kalachnikov, and was told to shoot and kill any Israeli troops approaching the border, according to the indictment, in addition to gathering information on the presence of troops.

The criminal charges against Abu Huza include contact with a foreign agent, conspiracy to commit a crime, illegal military training activity with a prohibited organization, infiltration and intelligence gathering, among other offenses.  

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