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      Archive: 12/8/2013
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        12/8/2013, Tevet 5, 5774

      Druze Man Held for Espionage


      Rifat Chalabi, 28 crossed the border into Syria near Majdal Shams last month with the intention of defecting to the Syrian Army. He was debriefed by a Syrian officer who asked him questions about the Israeli border and security fence.

      The Syrian army rejected Chalabi, who returned to the border where he was arrested by the IDF. He has been in custody since.