Galilee Arab Fighting for ISIS Says He's 'Fine'

An Israeli Arab who has been missing and was rumored to be fighting for ISIS in Iraq has contacted his family.

Yaakov Levi ,

ISIS jihadists (file)
ISIS jihadists (file)
Reuters

An Israeli Arab who has been missing and was rumored to be fighting for ISIS in Iraq has contacted his family. Mohammed Kalini, one of three residents of the Galilee village of Kfar Yafi'a, contacted the family, a relative said. Kalini confirmed that he and two other residents of the village had crossed the border from Turkey into Syria, and were fighting on behalf of the Islamist group.

The three, all in their twenties, left Israel several weeks ago for Turkey, ostensibly to celebrate the recent Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday, but their families lost contact with them after several days. A fourth man who had accompanied them returned to Israel, and informed their families that they had “made their choice to fight against the army of [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad.”

Police confirmed the rumors that the three had gone to fight for the Islamist group on Sunday. Speaking to reporters Sunday, a relative of one of the youths said that it was the family that reported him missing, in the hope that police could track him down. “We also asked Arab MKs to intervene in this incident. We really would like them to come home.” Kalini said in his message that he was safe, and asked that his family not worry about him.

Over the weekend, it was reported that 23 year old Ahmad Havshi from Iksal in northern Israel near Nazareth, was killed on Saturday fighting in the Ramadi area to the west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad fighting for the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Syria. According to additional report, Havshi joined the terror group at the start of the year together with four other residents of Israel's north.

Reportedly, the terrorist was in Syria for several months before continuing on to Iraq, where he eventually fell while waging jihad.

The terrorist is in fact not the first Arab citizen of Israel to be killed while fighting for Islamic State - several months ago a resident of Wadi Ara in the north died fighting for the group in Syria.



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