'Israel spying network' uncovered in Egypt

Egypt has maintained diplomatic and economic ties with Israel since they signed a peace accord three decades ago despite its occupation on Palestinian territories.

'Israel spying network' uncovered in Egypt

Egypt has uncovered a spy ring that included two Israelis and an Egyptian businessman suspected of collecting info on telecoms companies, according to a government official and state security documents.

The suspects set up offices in Egypt, Britain, Israel, and Gaza to allegedly record officials' phone conversations and collect information about Japanese and Chinese tourists visiting the Sinai Peninsula.

The plan, according to the official, was for agents of Israel to then briefly kidnap the tourists, disrupting the Egypt's vital tourism sector and damaging the economy.

"State security prosecutors have announced a spying network that included an Egyptian and two Israelis," said Hicham Badawi, an attorney in the Egyptian state security service.

According to a document shown to reporters by Badawi on Monday, security officials arrested the 37-year-old Egyptian, the owner of an import-export firm, in August on charges of spying for Israel in collabaration with the two Israelis, who had already fled Egypt.

It said, the Egyptian accepted $37,000 in exchange for spying for them with leaking info about Egyptians working in telecommunications companies who could be targeted by the spy ring in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

"The general prosecutor ordered the transfer of three accused persons, who included two Israeli fugitives and one detained Egyptian, to be sent ... before the emergency state security supreme criminal court on the charges of spying for Israel and harming the country's national interests," Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

In Jerusalem, an Israeli official declined comment on the allegations.

Egypt has maintained diplomatic and economic ties with Israel since they signed a peace accord three decades ago despite its occupation on Palestinian territories.



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