Golan Heights residents arrested on suspicion of spying for Syria

Several northern residents were allegedly transferring information about IDF movements along the Syrian border.

March 27, 2015 11:55

A UN observation tower is seen overlooking Syria, next to the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights in Israel and Syria.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The security establishment announced Friday that various Golan Heights residents have been arrested on suspicion of gathering and dispersing information about IDF movements on the northern border along Syria.

The arrests were made in late February as part of a joint investigation between the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Police.

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According to investigators, Siddqui Suleiman Ahmed Makat and other residents of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, documented IDF movements along the northern border with Syria and transferred the information to officials in the Syrian government and intelligence community.

Information was sent over the Internet, through a Syrian television station, and by a direct line that Maket had with Syrian officials.

Maket also admitted that he was in touch with Medhat Saleh, a Syrian government official well known for his links with officials in Syrian intelligence.

On Friday, Maket appeared in Nazareth District Court and was indicted for several offenses including of espionage, aiding an enemy during a time of war, conspiring to commit a crime, and contact with a foreign agent.

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