Israel charges sister of Hamas leader with incitement to terrorism – Voice of Nigeria

Israeli prosecutors have indicted the sister of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on charges of sedition and showing solidarity with a terrorist group after she allegedly praised the October 7 Hamas attack that sparked the six-month war in Gaza.

Sabah al-Salem Haniyeh, 57, lives in the southern Israeli city of Tel Sheva. Her brother is based in Qatar, as are other officials of Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Haniyeh has been in custody since her arrest on April 1, Israel’s Justice Ministry said. There was no immediate comment from her attorney.

According to the indictment, in the days following the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre in southern Israel, Haniyeh sent messages to dozens of contacts, including her brother, praising the cross-border attack and calling for further “slaughter”.

One of her messages mentioned in the complaint includes the following line: “O God, number them and kill them and leave none of them behind, O God.”

According to the report, Hamas killed some 1,200 Israelis and foreigners in the October 7 attack that sparked the war, which Gaza health authority says more about 34,000 Palestinians have been murdered.

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