ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities have detained 33 individuals suspected of spying on behalf of Israel, Turkey‘s state-run information company reported on Tuesday.
Authorities have been nonetheless looking for 13 different individuals believed to have hyperlinks to Israel’s Mossad safety service, the Anadolu Company reported.
The suspects have been detained in raids in Istanbul and 7 different provinces for allegedly planning to hold out actions that included “reconnaissance” and “pursuing, assaulting and kidnapping” international nationals dwelling in Turkey, the company reported.
Anadolu didn’t present info on the suspects or the foreigners who have been allegedly focused. The report comes weeks after the pinnacle of Israel’s home safety company, Shin Wager, mentioned in an audio recording that his group is ready to destroy Hamas “in each place,” together with in Lebanon, Turkey and Qatar.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Israel of “severe penalties” if it pressed forward with its risk to assault Hamas officers on Turkish soil.
Turkey and Israel had normalized ties in 2022 by reappointing ambassadors following years of tensions. However these ties rapidly deteriorated after the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Ankara changing into one of many strongest critics of Israel’s navy actions in Gaza.
Israel initially withdrew its diplomats from Turkey over safety issues and later introduced it was recalling its diplomats for political causes, citing “more and more harsh statements” from Turkish officers. Turkey additionally pulled out its ambassador from Israel.
Erdogan’s response to the Israel-Hamas conflict was initially pretty muted. However the Turkish chief has since intensified his criticism of Israel, describing its actions in Gaza as verging on “genocide.” He has referred to as for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be prosecuted for “conflict crimes” and in contrast him to Nazi chief Adolf Hitler.
Erdogan, whose authorities has hosted a number of Hamas officers prior to now, has additionally mentioned the militant group — thought-about a terrorist group by Israel, america and the European Union — is preventing for the liberation of its lands and folks.