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5 charged in plot to bomb Israeli stadium

By the CNN Wire Staff
A Palestinian boy waves the green flag of Hamas, which  controls Gaza.
A Palestinian boy waves the green flag of Hamas, which controls Gaza.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Five people were charged with planning to fire a rocket at the stadium
  • They were all members of Hamas
  • The plot was formed after Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in 2008
RELATED TOPICS
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • Hamas
  • Gaza

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Five members of Hamas were charged Sunday with planning to fire a rocket into a Jerusalem stadium during a soccer game, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

The five were arrested in November, Rosenfeld said.

According to a statement from Israel's security service, the Shin Bet, the two main suspects were identified as Mussa Hamada of East Jerusalem, and Bassem Omri, an Israeli citizen living in Beit Tzafafa.

Both are members of Hamas and the "Muslim Brothers" movement in Jerusalem, the Shin Bet said.

The pair are suspected of planning terrorist attacks following Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in 2008, the statement said.

One of the possibilities they considered was possibly firing a missile into the soccer stadium in Jerusalem during a game.

Three other Palestinians were charged with selling them pistols, Shin Bet said.

From CNN's Shira Medding

 
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