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Two Arab Israeli citizens arrested for Hezbollah activities, Shin Bet reveals

Sultan Atallah, 55, and Rami Shammi, 33, who were arrested for working with Hezbollah in February 2022. (Shin Bet)
Sultan Atallah, 55, and Rami Shammi, 33, who were arrested for working with Hezbollah in February 2022. (Shin Bet)

Two Israeli citizens who are residents of the Galilee were arrested last month for operating on behalf of Hezbollah or orders from Iran, the Shin Bet reveals.

The two men, named as Sultan Atallah, 55, and Rami Shammi, 33, have both been convicted in the past of drug smuggling from Lebanon, the Shin Bet says. The two men were in contact, in Turkey, with a Lebanese drug smuggler connected to Hezbollah who has previously served time in Israeli prison.

In November, the pair met with the Hezbollah operative and were requested to smuggle weapons into Israel in order to hide them for other Hezbollah operatives in Israel to find. They were also asked to lay the groundwork for carrying out terrorist attacks in Israel, identify sensitive sites for Hezbollah to aim missiles at, and carry out a kidnapping in Israel.

Atallah and Shami were indicted in the Northern District Court earlier today following a joint investigation of the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police, Israeli officials say.

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