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Damascus, Syria – The Israeli Documents’ Court sentenced one of its citizens to 22 months on charges of joining the ranks of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) extremist group. An Arab Israeli citizen was sentenced Monday to 22 months in prison for joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Israeli court documents showed, according to Agence France-Presse.
On Monday, the Israeli court sentenced Ahmed Shorabji for traveling to Syria and fighting in the ranks of the IS radical group.
Shorbaji, 23, is an Arab citizen of the State of Israel. He was resident of the northern town of Umm al-Fahm, before traveling to Syria on January 16, 2014, to join the Islamic State’s militants there.
“Shorbaji travelled to Syria illegally via Turkey with several others with the help of smugglers,” according to the court’s verdict.
“Shorabji joined Syrian rebels claiming to belong to a group called the ‘Army of Mohammed’ and was a week later recruited by ISIS.”
He reportedly underwent weapons training in Syria, before contacting a defence official in Israel on April 16 saying he wanted to return.
Upon his return on April 20, Shorbaji was arrested by the Israeli authorities.
According to reports, about 30 Arab Israeli citizens have joined the ranks of militant groups in Syria so far.
Reporting by: Nadia Assarhan