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Report: Israel indicts Palestinian 'Hezbollah operative' for planning abduction

March 9, 2017 6:25 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2017 11:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli media reported on Thursday that in a joint operation, Israeli intelligence, army, and police officials arrested a Palestinian “Hezbollah operative,” from the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

An Israeli military court indicted Yousif Yasser Sweilem, 23, for planning "terrorist operations," charging him with “aggravated security offenses.”

Arutz Sheva reported that Sweilem, a locksmith by profession, “was recruited to Hezbollah using a Facebook profile used to identify potential recruits to the organization.”

According to the news website, Sweilem was being trained to carry out an “abduction,” and was instructed to perform various tasks such as photographing and gathering information on Israeli army bases, checkpoints, and sites in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

Sweilem was also allegedly instructed “to set up a terror cell, which was to carry out an abduction and transfer the abductee to Lebanese territory,” Arutz Sheva reported. It remained unclear if the target was an Israeli military personnel or an Israeli civilian.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into the reports.
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