35 years for Gazan who fired rockets into Israel (JERUSALEM POST) By JOANNA PARASZCZUK 07/17/12)
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A Gazan terror group operative who carried out a string of terrorist
offenses against Israel will go to prison for 35 years, the Beersheba
District Court ruled on Monday.
According to the indictment, 30-year-old Mohammed Mehera from Jabalya
in Gaza joined the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing
of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees, in 2003.
Mehera planted explosives against IDF forces, fired rockets into
Israel and transferred information about IDF forces, which his
operators used to carry out a 2004 terror attack that killed IDF
soldier St. Sgt. Gilad Fisher and wounded three others.
Fisher, 22, was killed on September 30, 2004, when Hamas terrorists
attacked an IDF lookout post east of Beit Hanun in Gaza.
The indictment said Mehera agreed to participate in the attack after
meeting a Hamas activist, known as Massoud, in 2004. Massoud took
Mehera to the house of another Hamas man, Ayman, where Mehera agreed
to undertake a surveillance mission on an IDF outpost and scope out
possible locations for suicide bombers.
In mid-September 2004, Mehera passed the information he gathered back
to Ayman and Massoud, who used it to plan a terror attack.
Two weeks later, two Hamas suicide bombers attacked the IDF lookout
post, killing Fisher and wounding three other soldiers, one of whom
suffered permanent lower-body paralysis as a result of the attack.
Mehera also fired rockets into Israel in 2005 from al-Atatra in
northern Gaza. He and other operatives from al-Nasser Salah al-Din
Brigades placed the rockets in a vineyard and aimed them at Israel
before using a timing mechanism to launch them.
The offenses for which Mehera is convicted include membership and
activity in a terror group, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted
murder, contact with a foreign agent and providing information to the
enemy. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/17/12)
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