Israeli Arrested in Yemen on Spying Charge

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Israeli citizen has been arrested in Yemen on suspicion of being part of an Israeli spy network, Ynet reported on Wednesday, quoting Yemeni news media.

According to reports, the man was arrested in the southern province of Ta’izz several weeks ago and taken for questioning in Aden. A security source added that he was jailed several weeks ago and recently moved to a different holding facility. He goes by two names: Abdullah Muhsan al-Himi al-Siari and Abraham al-Deri.

According to Yemeni media, this is the first time an Israeli citizen has been arrested Yemen.

In 2009, a Yemeni court gave a local man the death penalty after conviction on charges of spying for Israel. Another court sentenced two other citizens to 3 and 5 years in prison on similar charges.