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Israel Says it Arrested Alleged Iran Spy

Israel Says it Arrested Alleged Iran Spy

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 - 17:00
A man wearing a protective mask in a bus station in central Tel Aviv, Israel, 16 March 2020. (EPA)
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Israel's domestic security agency said Tuesday it arrested an Israeli citizen alleged to have spied for Iran.


The Shin Bet alleged in a statement the man was in contact with Iranian agents abroad, where he was given money, guidance and encryption tools, reported The Associated Press.


The Shin Bet said the man was expected to provide information on strategic Israeli sites, ways to promote division in Israeli society, carry out attacks against Israeli targets and enlist Arab citizens of Israel to assist Iran.


The man, whose identity was barred from publication by an Israeli court, was arrested last month and indicted Tuesday for “serious security-related offenses.”


The Shin Bet said the arrest highlights Iranian efforts “to carry out spy and terror activity within Israel, this also at a time when the world is facing the coronavirus epidemic which has badly spread in Iran.”


Iran is facing the worst virus outbreak in the region. Iran’s state TV said Tuesday the new coronavirus has killed another 133 people, pushing the country’s death toll to 3,872 amid 62,589 confirmed cases.


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