Palestinian engineer jailed for Hamas rocket design
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Palestinian engineer jailed for Hamas rocket design

Dirar Abu Sisi gets 21 years for helping terror group improve range of home-made Kassam rockets fired at Israel from Gaza

Masked members from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades carry a model of a rocket during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement Hamas at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Central Gaza Strip, December 12, 2014 (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Masked members from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades carry a model of a rocket during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement Hamas at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Central Gaza Strip, December 12, 2014 (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian engineer to 21 years in jail Tuesday for helping the Islamist movement Hamas to improve the range of rockets used against the Jewish state.

Dirar Abu Sisi went missing in Ukraine in February 2011, and Israel said a month later that he was in its custody and would be put on trial.

A court in the southern city of Beersheba convicted Abu Sisi of several “crimes against the security of the state,” an official said.

In particular, he was said to have helped improve the range of the home-made Kassam rockets that the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas has repeatedly fired at Israel from neighboring Gaza Strip over the years.

The rockets, produced in clandestine workshops that are often targeted by Israeli air strikes, can travel between 10 and 20 kilometers (six and 12 miles).

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