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Turkey detains seven suspected of promoting info to Israel’s Mossad: Official

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Turkey doesn’t classify Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
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“Turkish authorities detained seven people suspected of selling information to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service in connection with tracking and monitoring local targets,” a Turkish safety official stated on February 2.

Turkey has beforehand warned Israel of “serious consequences” if it tries to seek out members of the militant Palestinian group Hamas residing outdoors Palestinian territories, together with in Turkey. Turkish and Israeli leaders have traded public barbs since Israel’s struggle with Hamas started final October.

Turkey, not like most of its Western allies and a few Arab nations, doesn’t classify Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

The safety official, talking on situation of anonymity, stated Turkish police and the nation’s MIT intelligence company had carried out joint operations in Istanbul and Izmir as a part of an investigation by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s workplace.

The newest operations come a month after a spherical of suspected Mossad-related arrests in Turkey. State broadcaster TRT reported on February 2 that MIT had decided that Mossad was utilizing non-public detectives to comply with its targets.

“The suspects are believed to have sought to monitor and photograph the targets, place tracking devices on them and gain other information for Mossad,” TRT stated, citing unnamed safety sources.

“Ankara has made no formal statement regarding arrests. An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. Last month,” a senior Turkish official stated authorities had detained 34 folks suspected of being linked to the Mossad service and of focusing on Palestinians residing in Turkey.

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