Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper reports 17 implicated in espionage for Israel have been detained by Egyptian security forces .
Newspaper suggests some of the suspects are diplomats.
Egyptian sources say case has been placed under a gag order.
By Daniel Siryoti
Egyptian security forces have arrested 17 people of different nationalities on suspicion that they were part of an alleged Israeli spy ring, Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper reported Tuesday.
Israel-Egypt border – Photo: AFP
According to the report, which has not been corroborated by any official Egyptian source, the suspects were part of an espionage ring operating in Cairo, Alexandria and other major Egyptian cities.
A source close to the investigation who was quoted by the Kuwaiti newspaper said that the suspects had a “direct relationship with the Mossad.”
The report noted that Cairo’s authorities have imposed a comprehensive gag order on the case, as some of the suspects are believed to be foreign diplomats who used their diplomatic immunity to gather intelligence on “sensitive facilities in Egypt.”
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