Yemeni media reported Wednesday that an Israeli citizen has been arrested in the country on suspicion he was a member of an Israeli spy network.
According to reports, the man was arrested in the southern province of Ta’izz several weeks ago and goes by two names: Abdullah Muhsan al-Himi al-Siari and Abraham al-Deri.
The suspect was taken for questioning in Aden. A security source added that he was jailed several weeks ago and was recently moved to a different holding facility.
According to Yemeni media, this is the first time an Israeli citizen has been arrested in the country. In 2009, a court sentenced a local man to death after he was convicted of spying for Israel. A different court sentenced two other citizens to 3 and 5 years in prison for similar charges.
The London-based Arab newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday that Yemen’s Navy has detained an Iranian ship trying to deliver weapons to the country’s Shiite rebels.
The paper quoted a high ranking Yemeni Coast Guard official as saying that the vessel was able to unload some of its cargo before it was seized, and that “a great variety of weapons” were found on board.
The Houthi are based in northen Yemen. Sanaa’s National Security Board Chief Maj.-Gen. Ali Al Ahmadi told Yemeni media that “Iran is providing al-Houthis with weapons via the Medi sea port in the Red Sea.
“Also, Iran has exploited the political turmoil in Yemen to expand its leverage in the north and it is ready to drive al-Houthis to occupy Sanaa.”
Yemen claims it has intercepted Iranian arms shipments to the rebels before. Still, Sanaa has yet to take any diplomatic action, and it is believed it does not intend to suspend or severdiplomatic ties with Teheran, which was investing in Yemen’s health and power sectors.