'Syria uncovers Israeli spy networks with Egypt's help'

Arab press reports Kung Fu coach bribed security officials to share intelligence; arrest comes shortly after four spies found in Egypt.

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December 24, 2010 10:31
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A security official was arrested and three "spy networks" were found in Syria, allegedly gathering intelligence for the Mossad, UK daily Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Friday, days after four were arrested in Egypt on suspicion of espionage.

Tarek Abdel-Razek, a Kung Fu coach, reportedly bribed a senior Syrian security official "for a huge sum of money" to give him security-related files.

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Egypt reportedly shared intelligence with Syria, that led to the arrest.

A Lebanese journalist also claimed that Tarek tried to recruit him to work for the Mossad, offering him $200,000.

On Monday, an Egyptian security official has said that four locals were arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel and plotting to kidnap of tourists to harm Egypt's economy.

The official revealed Sunday that the four suspects allegedly set up offices in Egypt, Britain, Israel, and the Gaza Strip to record officials' phone conversations and collect information about Japanese and Chinese tourists visiting the Sinai Peninsula.

The official said those detained were responsible for supplying Israeli officers with the information necessary to orchestrate the abductions of the tourists.



The suspects are facing charges of espionage and forming a terrorist cell.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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