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2 Gazans charged with flying incendiary kites to Israel
Ahmed Amawi, 26, and Mu'ataz Abu Eid, 20, face series of terror charges; they both flew incendiary kites at Israel and assembled some 30 of them for others; they also infiltrated Israel and set fire to a field.

Two Gaza residents were indicted on a series of terror charges on Monday for flying incendiary kites towards Israeli territory and setting fire to a field in Israel.

 

 

Ahmed Amawi, 26, and Mu'ataz Abu Eid, 20, were charged with attempted incitement to murder, activity in a terror organization, arson as an act of terror, attempted arson as an act of terror, and armed infiltration, among others.

 

The two also participated five times in "March of Return" Friday protests on the Gaza border, during which they assembled some 30 kites, which they then gave Palestinian rioters, who affixed Molotov cocktails to them.

 

File photo: Palestinian protesters with kite in Gaza (Photo: AFP)
File photo: Palestinian protesters with kite in Gaza (Photo: AFP)

 

According to the indictment, in late April, Amawi flew two incendiary kites towards Israel, both of which crashed in a field on Israeli territory and caused a fire.

 

Amawi "did so knowing the kites could set fire to structures or vegetation and thus cause severe harm to people, and even death," the indictment said.

 

Amawi, a Hamas member, allegedly approached another Hamas member about launching rockets at Israel after the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital—which they did.

 

Field on fire from incendiary kite near Be'eri Forest
Field on fire from incendiary kite near Be'eri Forest

 

"In his actions, the defendant assembled kites carrying Molotov cocktails in order to promote the activity of a terror organization and in order to carry out arson, which is an act of terror," the indictment charged.

 

This was done "out of a religious, nationalistic, political or ideological motive, while using weapons and causing serious damage to property, which presented a real possibility of causing serious harm to the body, health or safety of a person, and therefore constitutes an act of terror."

 

Amawi also approached several other Hamas members, planning to infiltrate Israel and set fire to a grove and to military vehicles. And so, in late April, Amawi and Abu Eid, along with a third terrorist, infiltrated Israel late at night, carrying a bottle of gasoline, a lighter, a knife and a screwdriver.

 

The three arrived at a field inside Israel, poured the gasoline and lit it up. On their way to set fire to another field, they were found and captured by IDF soldiers.

 


First published: 05.22.18, 11:39
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