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Israel Charges 3 Arabs with Spying for Syria

Israel has charged three Arabs with spying for Syria and planning to kidnap a Syrian pilot who defected to Israel.

Two of the men are from a northern Druze village, Majdal Shams, in the Golan Heights, near the Syrian border. The other is an Israeli citizen.

An indictment says the men passed details and photographs of Israeli army installations to a Syrian agent.

It also says they gathered information on a Syrian pilot who defected to Israel in 1989.

Prosecutors allege the men drew up a plan to kidnap the pilot.

Israeli media say Druze residents recently rioted when investigators searched one of the suspects' home.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.