IDF: Man arrested after crossing from Syria was involved in Hezbollah intel-gathering

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

An infographic released on February 20, 2023, showing where suspects were arrested a month earlier after crossing the border from Syria into the Golan Heights. (Israel Defense Forces)
An infographic released on February 20, 2023, showing where suspects were arrested a month earlier after crossing the border from Syria into the Golan Heights. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces says a suspect who was detained by troops after crossing the border from Syria into the Golan Heights last month was involved in efforts by the Hezbollah terror group to gather intelligence on Israel.

Ei’th Abdollah, according to the IDF, was part of the so-called Golan File.

He was detained alongside another man, who was apparently uninvolved in the Hezbollah efforts.

The military says Abdollah and the second man were detained on the eastern side of the fence — built in Israeli territory — on January 27.

“During the questioning, Ei’th [Abdollah] provided information regarding additional terrorist operatives that promote terrorist activities in the area of the border,” the IDF says in a statement.

“The IDF will not tolerate any terrorist activity from southern Syria and will maintain the sovereignty of the State of Israel,” it adds.

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