Hezbollah Operative Planning Attack Against Israelis Arrested in West Bank, Shin Bet Says

Palestinian Yussef Yasser Soylem was arrested in Qalqilyah for allegedly planning to kidnap Israelis.

A prisoner in handcuffs (illustrative)
Eyal Warshavsky

Israel has arrested a Hezbollah operative in the West Bank for allegedly planning terror activity in Israel which included plans to kidnap Israelis, the Shin Bet said Thursday after it was cleared for publication.

Yussef Yasser Soylem, 23, was arrested in the West Bank's Qalqilyah refugee camp and was indicted in an Israeli military court, the security service said.

According to Shin Bet, Soylem, a carpenter by profession, was enlisted into the ranks of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah through Facebook. 

He was instructed to collect information and take photographs of Israeli army bases, checkpoints and key sites in Jerusalem's Old City for the group. He was also instructed to set up a terror cell tasked with kidnapping an Israeli and smuggling the person into Lebanon, the Shin Bet said.