Iran executed four people on Friday, including a woman, for alleged sabotage and espionage activities linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, Mizan news agency reported. This brings the total number of people executed this month to five as part of Iran’s long-standing conflict with Israel over Iran’s nuclear program.
The executions occurred in West Azerbaijan province and followed the execution of a fifth accused Mossad agent in Sistan-Baluchestan province in mid-December. The four executed individuals were identified as Vafa Hanareh, Aram Omari, Rahman Parhazo, and Nasim Namazi. They were part of a group of 10 offenders involved in the case, although it is unclear if the remaining individuals will also face execution.
The official IRNA news agency released a nearly eight-minute video showing the convicted individuals confessing to their cooperation with a Mossad officer in Turkey. The group was allegedly involved in kidnappings, threats, arson, and theft, all under the guidance of Mossad officers.
Iran has accused Israel of carrying out numerous attacks on its nuclear facilities and killing its nuclear scientists in recent years. Israel has not confirmed or denied these allegations. Iran has also accused Israel of plotting sabotage in sensitive locations and recruiting spies via social media.
In April 2021, Iran blamed “nuclear terrorism” for a power disruption at its Natanz uranium enrichment facility. The conflict between Iran and Israel has escalated, leading to ongoing tensions between the two countries.