'Saudis hold vulture for being Mossad spy'

Bird found bearing leg bracelet and transmitter tagged with words “Tel Aviv University” detained, Saudi paper says.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
January 5, 2011 09:30
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vulture 58. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Saudi media reported on Tuesday that a vulture tagged with the words, “Tel Aviv University,” had been detained for being a Mossad spy.

A report in the Saudi paper, Al-Weeam, claimed that the vulture, bearing a leg bracelet and transmitter, apparently placed by Israeli bird scientists studying migration patterns, had been found in a rural area of the country.

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The paper said the flight appeared to be “a Zionist plot.”

The report triggered a plethora of posts on Arabic websites, claiming that “Zionists” had trained birds for espionage.

The South Sinai governor last month suggested that a shark that killed a tourist in Sharm e- Sheikh had been intentionally released by the Mossad to sabotage tourism in the area.


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