The Israeli military says it has indicted a soldier on charges of sharing secret information that made its way into Syrian hands.

Thursday's statement says the soldier relayed "classified information capable of harming state security" about the military's activity along the frontier between Israel and Syria.

The soldier served in the armored corps and gave material to a "foreign agent" who then passed it on to Syrian officials.

Such cases are rare, and the military would not elaborate. Local media say the soldier is a member of Israel's Druse minority.

Many Druse Arabs serve in Israel's military. Members of the close-knit society have relatives on both sides of the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.