Kuwaiti report: Egypt arrested 17 Israeli agents
Kuwaiti newspaper “Al Rai” quotes sources in the Egyptian army that reported that the country uncovered a network of diplomats that spied for the Mossad. According to the reports, the spies had photos of military facilities and advanced spying equipment
Egyptian military in Sinai Photography: AP
Kuwaiti newspaper “Al Rai” reports, quoting Egyptian sources, that 17 Mossad agents were arrested in Egypt. According to the report, the agents had foreign nationalities and passed the information through diplomatic mail. They allegedly gathered information on the economic situation in Egypt, public opinion and military information, especially concerning the activities of the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula.
The sources in the Egyptian army told the Kuwaiti paper that they found photographs of military facilities on the agents as well as advanced spying and tracking devices. The Egyptian Defense System said that following diplomats in Egypt was increased after it became apparent that some of them were “involved in terrorist activity and were transferring money to terrorist organizations that aim to create chaos in Egypt” as they defined it.
However, it is customary in Egypt to publicize arrests of alleged “spies”, even when they are not Mossad agents, among other reasons for political gain. Two years ago, after over four months in an Egyptian jail, young Jewish-American Ilan Gerpel, who was accused of spying for Israel, returned to Israel. Gerpel was wounded in the second Lebanese war, arrived in Egypt and even participated in the protests, which ended with Mubarak’s fall, in Tahrir Square. In the end he was released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners who were imprisoned in Israel for drugs and weapons trading offences. Another recent and weak Egyptian claim against Israel happened in 2010 when a shark that killed 4 swimmers was accused by the governor of Sinai as being “a Mossad spy”.