Israel arrests two brothers ''suspected of spying'' for Hizbullah
Two residents from the village of Ghajar, who work in Israel, and had paid frequent visits to Lebanon, are suspected of "handing over information" to Hizbullah, Israeli media reports said on Tuesday.
The the names of the two brothers - Mohammed and Ahmed Shimali - were released for publication Tuesday after the Acre Magistrates Court lifted a gag order on their arrest.
Earlier this month, Israeli policemen in coordination with the Shin Ben interior security service arrested the brothers, who according to Israeli officials, allegedly passed on information to Hizbullah in exchange for being allowed to carry out drug deals along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The brothers, aged 22 and 24, were suspected of giving Hizbullah information on an army post at the entrance to the village, including the number of soldiers manning it and the procedures for checking people leaving and entering the village.
They are also suspected of allegedly providing the Hizbullah maps and other "intelligence material." Moreover, they are suspected of handing over details regarding military vehicles and commercial and recreation places in Israel, Israel Radio reported.
One of the brothers admitted that he had crossed the border into Lebanon, and met Hizbullah officials, with the assistance of a Lebanese drug dealer, in the village of Kila, the Israeli report added. On Thursday, the Nazareth District court is expected to hand down indictments against the two brothers. (Albawaba.com)