JERUSALEM (AP) – The state prosecutor’s office charged an Israeli Arab prison fugitive on Thursday with relaying information about military bases and sensitive infrastructure installations to Lebanese guerrillas who seek Israel’s destruction.
The man, 21-year-old Uru Ali, escaped to Lebanon during a 48-hour furlough from an Israeli prison, carrying maps of northern Israel and Lebanon taken from the prison library, according to the indictment, which did not state why he was imprisoned. There, he fell into the hands of Hezbollah guerrillas, who held him captive for eight months, security officials said.
While in captivity, he relayed information about the location of military bases, troops, telephone and electricity installations, and municipal and political party buildings in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, near the Lebanese border, security officials said. He also gave them information about two relatives who serve on the Israeli police force, and about doctors and a lawyer from his hometown, the village of Mizraa in Galilee, they said. Ali’s captors released him in late December on the Lebanese side of Ghajar, a town of Israeli Arabs through which the Israel-Lebanon border runs, security officials said. Israeli security forces detained him as he came over the border.