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Days of Palestine – Ankara
The Turkish Sabah newspaper revealed on Thursday that a Mossad spy ring of 15 people has been captured by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT).
The report underlined that the suspects were split into five cells of three people each and were all arrested in a covert operation on October 7.
The cells worked against anti-Israel activists in Turkey, the newspaper said, adding that it was able to obtain the names and photographs of the spies.
One of the five cells was in contact with and met with case officers from the Mossad and provided information and documents important for Israel.
Information about Turkish and foreign students in Turkey was given to the Mossad in exchange for payment, according to Sabah.
One of the main spies, identified as A.B. by the report, allegedly collected information about what kind of facilities Turkey provides for Palestinian activists in the country.
A.B. entered Turkey in late 2015 and was reported as a missing person in June of this year, according to the report.
The report he was missing was intended to divert attention from the cell, which was already under surveillance by then, Sabah added.
Another two suspects, identified as R.A.A. and M.A.S., were also reported as missing.
Last month, Palestinian Shehab website reported that a number of Palestinians had gone missing in Turkey.
The goal of the arrested spies was to prepare for assassination operations against leading Palestinian figures in Turkey, according to Shehab.