Authorities in Türkiye announced the arrest of seven individuals on Friday alleged to have been working as spies for Mossad, the Israeli state intelligence service.
Based on the state-run media platform Anadolu, which was the primary outlet to announce information of the arrests, “an investigation carried out by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Workplace revealed that 9 suspects bought the data to Mossad by non-public detectives.” Anadolu went on to report that “The Israeli intelligence service carries out actions reminiscent of gathering biographical info, reconnaissance, investigation, photo-video documentation, dwell monitoring, and putting monitoring units towards its targets.”
In January, Turkish authorities detained 15 suspects on related prices. On the time, Turkish Justice Minister Yerlikaya said that these suspects have been working with the Israeli Intelligence Service to “uncover, assault, kidnap” overseas nationals residing in Turkey.”
The ongoing war in Gaza and Israel led to a nadir in relations between Türkiye and Israel after years of efforts to rebuild ties.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his half, criticized Israel’s conduct throughout the battle in Gaza while speaking at a World’s Human Rights Day occasion in late 2023. Then, in December, a leaked recording printed by Israeli media shops indicated that Israel’s spy chief had authorized the elimination of Hamas fighters “in each location” on this planet, together with Qatar, Turkey, and Lebanon.”