Egypt interrogates suspected Israeli spy in Red Sea port

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Egyptian prosecutors were interrogating on Tuesday an Israeli man in the Red Sea port of Nuweiba who is suspected of espionage, a judicial source told AFP.

“An Israel man was arrested on Monday in Taba on suspicion of espionage. He was remanded today in police custody for four days pending investigation,” the source said.

The suspect “infiltrated into Egypt through a mountainous area near Taba,” the source added, without elaborating.

In September 2012, Egyptian media reported that Israel’s spy agency had infiltrated the Sinai and carried out the assassination of Bahim Ouda Bereikat, a Jihadist member of Sinai-based group Jamaat Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

According to a report from Al Ahram Online, four Mossad officers hired four Bedouin tribesmen in Sinai to help assassinate Ibrahim Bereikat.

In October 2011, Egypt freed a U.S.-Israeli citizen under a prisoner exchange after he was arrested in Cairo and accused of working for Israel’s Mossad spy agency and sowing sectarian strife in Egypt, allegations he denied.

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