Israeli prosecutors are set to charge a Turkish national on Sunday with aiding Palestinian group Hamas, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.
Ebru Ozkan, 27, was arrested by Israeli forces at Ben Gurion Airport on June 11 when she was returning to Turkey for alleged links with “terrorist groups”.
Ebru Ozkan was accused of transferring money and a cellphone charger to Hamas members https://t.co/CW0dZJLYYp
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) July 8, 2018
Haaretz said Israeli prosecutors will file an indictment against the Turkish national on Sunday.
Ebru’s detention had been extended four times, Elif Ozkan, a sister of Ebru, noted.
Ebru Ozkan, a Turkish citizen who went to Jerusalem as a tourist, has been detained by Israeli authorities since June 11 over 'terrorism-related' offences. Her detention has been extended 4 times pic.twitter.com/KSHMLgRHTJ
— TRT World (@trtworld) July 5, 2018
Her lawyer Omar Khamaysa says she was charged with asking to transfer money and a cell phone charger to Hamas members, but she wasn’t aware of their identity.
Ozkan is not the first Turkish citizen to have been recently detained by Israeli authorities.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) July 6, 2018
In January, Osman Hazir, a 46-year-old Turkish national, was arrested for snapping a selfie at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque while holding a Turkish flag.
And last December, Israel arrested two other Turks – Abdullah Kizilirmak and Mehmet Gargili – after the pair had quarreled with Israeli police who had tried to bar them from entering the flashpoint holy site.
talk with her parents on the phone throughout her time in custody.
In January, Osman Hazır, a 46-year-old Turkish national, was arrested for snapping a selfie at East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque while holding a Turkish flag.
— Evie Mazzone (@Evie_Calling) July 6, 2018
In the same month, Adem Koc, another Turkish national, was arrested inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for allegedly “disturbing the peace and taking part in an illegal demonstration”.
Kizilirmak, Gargili, and Koc were all subsequently released on bail.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)