n Egyptian court sentenced an Israeli to two years in prison Monday, months after arresting him for sneaking into the Sinai in an attempt to enter Gaza.
An appeal for Andre Pshenichnikov is planned for later in the week.
His family told the Israeli website Walla News they were surprised by the verdict, noting the maximum penalty for infiltration is six months. “We need all the help and support we can get,” a member of his family told Walla News. “We’re all on our own in this fight.”
Pshenichnikov was sentenced by a court in the town of Nuweiba in the Sinai.
In January, unnamed Egyptian security officials said Pshenichnikov was stopped after filming security installations in Sinai and asking drivers for information. The security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said he was under investigation in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for allegedly trying to reach the Gaza Strip through Sinai.