Security forces in Sinai (Archives)
Sinai security director, General Sameeh Beshadi confirmed Sunday reports that local forces have uncovered a Sinai-based espionage ring working for Israel.
The ring, consisting of nine people, Egyptian and Palestinian, was revealed by Egyptian security forces, the Egyptian Al Akhbar paper reported Sunday.
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The man suspected to be a key operative in the group is reportedly a resident of the Egyptian city of Rafah. Egyptian forces have been trailing him for some four months, during which he has allegedly transferred military information to Israel.
The report further noted that the suspect was confronted with tapes of alleged telephone conversations he had both Egyptian and Mossad officials.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said in an interview with Al-Jazeera Saturday that Egypt was committed to the peace accords it had signed with Israel in 1979, but stressed that true peace could not exist while the rights of the Palestinians are denied.
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