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Wael Hassan Abu Ridah
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Gaza resident in custody for security offences
Cleared for publication: Wael Hassan Abu Ridah arrested by security forces last month; remanded in custody. Affair still under gag order

A Beersheba court has partially lifted a gag order on a security affair involving a Gaza resident suspected of security offences.

 

It has been cleared for publication that Wael Hassan Abu Ridah, a resident of the southern Gaza Strip, was arrested by security forces a month ago for comprising state security. The Beersheba Magistrates' Court has remanded him in custody for an additional eight days.

 

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Judge Yuval Livadaro has allowed the publication of several details of an affair than has been widely reported by foreign media outlets. But he also extended the gag order on the rest of the details by 10 days.

 

In February 2011, Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu-Sisi was abducted from the Ukraine. He was later accused of aiding Hamas increase its rocket range and developing steel-penetrating missiles meant to hit IDF armored cars.

 

According to an indictment filed against him, between the years 2002-2008 Abu-Sisi served as a senior member of a Hamas committee developing rockets and mortar shells and had increased the range of rockets from 6 to 22 km.

 

Elior Levy contributed to this report

 

 

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