A Palestinian man from the the Gaza Strip stands accused of planning a series of terror attacks against Israelis, both in the country and abroad.
The man was named as 31-year-old Sami Hamied, a Gaza native who has been living in Ukraine since 2010 and was arrested in January while trying to enter Israel from Jordan in an attempt to make his way to Gaza.
A gag order on the details of the case was lifted with the filing of the indictment Thursday at the Beersheba District Court.
According to the indictment, Hamied planned to attack Israeli tourists visiting Ukraine and assisted Hamas in preparations for attacks in Israel.
One plot, which was not acted on, involved luring Israeli IDF officers into the Sinai using a prostitute as “bait.” According to the plan, Hamas-affiliated militants in the peninsula would kidnap the officers and transfer them to Gaza.
Hamied is said to have collected information on Israeli tourist groups traveling to the Ukrainian city of Odessa and allegedly planned to carry out a shooting or bombing attack on a tour bus.
The indictment also mentioned him assisting Hamas during the 2008-9 Gaza war, also known as Operation Cast Lead, and attempting to provide weapons to ‘Islamic State-affiliated’ Israeli Arabs.
He has been indicted on several counts of terror activities, spying and falsifying documents.
Arab media reported that Sami Hamied is the brother of Salam Hamied, a high-ranking commander in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.