'Israel arrests Palestinian Hezbollah suspect who planned kidnapping, terror attacks'

Cleared for release: A suspected Palestinian Hezbollah operative who allegedly planned numerous attacks against Israelis has been apprehended by security forces.

March 9, 2017 13:00
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Suspected Hezbollah operative Yusef Yasser Suylam (insert). (photo credit: SHIN BET,REUTERS)

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Thursday the arrest of a suspected Palestinian Hezbollah operative who was allegedly instructed to carry out terror attacks against Israelis as well as kidnap Israeli civilians.

The suspect, Yusef Yasser Suylam, a 23-year-old based in the Palestinian West Bank town of Qalqiliya, was recently arrested in a joint Shin Bet, Israel Police and IDF operation. Following his arrest, the Shin Bet interrogated Suylam and discovered that Hezbollah had recruited him through social media, luring the young man to join their ranks through a Facebook profile the Shi'ite terror organization regularly uses to track potential recruits.

Suylam was instructed to carry out several tasks on behalf of Hezbollah. He was sent to spy on IDF bases in order to gather information about their location and activities. In the same manner, Sulyam was sent to stake out security crossings and different sites in Jerusalem. He was also tasked with founding a terror cell whose purpose was to carry out a kidnapping attack.

However, the Shin Bet made the arrest before any of the plots came to fruition. 

The IDF military court in Samaria has filed an indictment against the suspect, who is expected to be charged with numerous felonies.

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