Family of ISIL-held Israeli Arab denies Mossad links

JERUSALEM (AA) – The brother of an Israeli Arab who was recently abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) for allegedly working for the Mossad has denied that his brother had any links with Israeli intelligence.

"What has been published about my brother Mohamed's affiliation with the Mossad is simple false; he has nothing to do with the agency," Ahmed Mosallam, the abducted man's brother, told The Anadolu Agency.

According to Thursday's issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine produced by the ISIL, 19-year-old Mohamed Mosallam admitted – after prolonged questioning – to having worked with the Mossad.

Ahmed, however, said his brother "had joined the ISIL in Syria of his own will, but when he later tried to escape Syria, he was arrested and jailed [by the ISIL]."

"My brother has never been religious, nor was he involved in politics," Ahmed added.

Four months ago, Mohamed set out for Syria without telling his family.

"After he arrived there, we spoke to him via Facebook and he told us he had joined the ISIL," Ahmed said.

"We tried to convince him to come back, especially as our mother had become sick over his departure, only to find out later that he had been detained after trying to flee Syria," Ahmed added.

He went on to say that the family was not in contact with the ISIL over their missing son, as "there is no way to get in touch with them and they refuse to talk to the Red Cross."

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