Algeria claims Israeli spy network uncovered
Roi Kais, Ynet, Jan 13 2017
According to Arab media reports, the network is uncovered in south Algeria; communication devices are also found; spies from other countries in Africa, such as Ethiopia and Kenya, are allegedly involved. Arab media outlets reported on Friday that an international spy network operating for Israel was uncovered in Algeria. According to the reports, the network composed 10 members and was based in southern Algeria. The members included operatives from Libya, Mali, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya. Algerian security forces also seized sophisticated radios used to transmit information by the spies. Those spies arrested are being held in temporary detention under a court order that accuses them of espionage, creating anarchy in the country and harming national security. Only last month, of Mohammad al-Zawahri, a flight engineer who specialized in unmanned aerial vehicles, was assassinated in Tunisia. According to reports, al-Zawahri had been assisting Hamas terrorism efforts, and Israel was behind the incident.
Tunisian media reporting Mossad assassinates Hamas official
Roi Kais, Liad Osmo, Ynet, Dec 16 2016
Tunisian media outlets are reporting that Mossad is behind the assassination of Mohammad al-Zawahri, a flight engineer specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles; al-Zawahri was shot to death at close range in his car Thursday. Tunisian media outlets are reporting that the Mossad is responsible for the assassination of Mohammad al-Zawahri, a flight engineer who was shot to death Thursday at close range in his car in the city of Sfax. Tunisian journalist Burhan Basis writes that al-Zawahri left Tunisia in 1991 for Syria, where he made contact with Hamas and eventually became a close associate who supplied the terrorist organization with his technical expertise. Al-Zawahri was an engineer who worked in the development of UAVs. According to Basis, he was under Mossad surveillance until his murder on Thursday. Additionally, Gulf media site al-Khaleej Online is reporting from “well-informed sources” that over the last few years, al-Zawahri had received a series of threatening phone calls due to his work on unmanned aerial vehicles and his support for the Palestinian cause. As such, the same sources claim that foreign security agencies were involved in the assassination. Tunisian media outlets are also reporting that several suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder. Five hours after the assassination, the Tunisian National Security Commissioner, Abd’al-Rahman Balhaj Ali, announced his resignation without specifying why. Political sources in Tunisia have not ruled out the possibility that the resignation came against the backdrop of the assassination. The IDF believes that Hamas will make extensive use of UAVs in the next confrontation with Israel despite limitations in materials and technology. As an alternative, Hamas has been using kites fitted with cameras to gather intelligence on what is happening near the border.