Israel recently arrested a number of Arab citizens in the North for alleged involvement in the drug trade with Lebanese narcotics rings tied to Hezbollah.

Authorities announced that the suspects “engaged in terrorist activity at the behest of Hezbollah,” the military censor permitted the local press to report on Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), a number of Arab citizens known by authorities to be reputed drug dealers were arrested for business ties to narcotics traffickers in Lebanon who are believed to be connected to the Shi’ite terrorist organization.

The Shin Bet, working in tandem with Israel Police, obtained information from the arrested Arabs during interrogations.

The suspects have been identified as A-Khalim Abbas, a resident of Nahaf; his brother, Iz a-Din Abbas, also a resident of Nahaf; Ahmed Mazariv, a resident of Beit Zarzir; and Riyadh Marariv, also of Beit Zarzir.

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