סוכני מוסד מתחזים למדריכי צלילה
The agents who ran the Arous resort
Photo: Courtesy of Rafi Berg
One of the agents stands next to vehicle full of Ethiopian Jews being smuggled from Sudan

New book reveals how Osama Bin Laden hid in Mossad resort in Sudan

The author Raffi Berg tells the Daily Mail the fake Red Sea resort set up by Israeli intelligence to smuggle Ethiopian Jews from the war-torn country, was years later used by Al Qaeda chief as his headquarters

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Published: 02.09.20 , 13:29
The author of a new book "Red Sea spies" that sheds light on an operation conducted by Israeli secret service to smuggle Ethiopian Jews from inhospitable Sudan, claims the leader of Al Qaeda terror group used the site as his headquarters in the country some years later.
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  • In an interview published in the Daily Mail on Saturday, Raffi Berg said a Sudanese businessman who invested in the resort confirmed that Osama Bin Laden stayed at the location for at least two weeks sometime in 1991, at least six years after the secret Mossad operation was completed.
    סוכן מוסד וג'יפ מלא בפליטים אתיופיםסוכן מוסד וג'יפ מלא בפליטים אתיופים
    One of the agents stands next to vehicle full of Ethiopian Jews being smuggled from Sudan
    (Photo: Courtesy of Raffi Berg)
    Bin Laden apparently moved to Sudan after being kicked out of Saudi Arabia criticizing the government and needed refuge. The officials in the impoverished African state, welcomed the young entrepreneur, unaware of his intentions to set up residence in order to expand his terror network.
    "The fact he moved in to a secret base once used by Mossad only adds to the intrigue," Berg told the Daily Mail.
    סוכני מוסד מתחזים למדריכי צלילהסוכני מוסד מתחזים למדריכי צלילה
    The agents who ran the Arous resort
    (Photo: Courtesy of Rafi Berg)
    The "Arous" resort was set up in 1981 by a group of Mossad agents, posing as diving instructors, on orders from then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
    Their mission was to retrieve Ethiopian Jews from Sudan, an enemy of the Jewish state at the time, including members of a reclusive sect called Beta Israel.
    פליטים אתיופים אשר חולצו מסודן פליטים אתיופים אשר חולצו מסודן
    Refugees being smuggled from Sudan
    (Photo: David Ben Uziel)
    Over the span of nearly four years, the agents smuggled at least 7,054 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. In 1985, a military coup in the country prompted Israelis to leave the area out of fear of getting caught.
    During the time the resort was active, it hosted members of Egyptian and British military.
    Red Sea Diving ResortRed Sea Diving Resort
    Still image from the movie the Red Sea Diving Resort
    (Photo: Netflix/Marcos Cruz)
    A film inspired by the events of the secret mission, titled "The Red Sea Diving Resort," was released last year on the Netflix streaming platform. It stars Greg Kinnear, Ben Kingsley and the Captain America star Chris Evans.



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