Yemeni media reported Wednesday that an Israeli citizen was arrested in recent weeks on suspicion that he was a member of an Israeli spy network.
According to the reports, the man was arrested in the southern province of Ta’izz, then taken to the city of Aden for questioning. The suspect 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 in the country. In 2009, security forces arrested a group of Islamist militants allegedly connected to Israeli intelligence. A court sentenced one of them men involved to death after he was convicted of spying for Israel. A different court sentenced two other members of the group to 3 and 5 years in prison for similar charges.