Turkey detains 33 individuals over alleged ties to Israel’s Mossad

34 people suspected of having ties to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service and targeting Palestinians in Turkey have been detained by Turkish authorities, according to a senior official. The official also stated that Mossad had recruited members within Turkey. Last month, Turkish officials warned Israel of “serious consequences” if it tried to hunt down members of the terrorist group Hamas living outside Palestinian territories. President Tayyip Erdogan warned that doing so would be a mistake. Unlike most Western allies and some Arab nations, Turkey does not classify Hamas as a terrorist organization. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry did not comment on the arrests. The official also mentioned that police carried out raids in eight provinces as part of an investigation conducted by the MIT intelligence agency and the Istanbul prosecutor’s counter-terrorism bureau. The suspects were accused of spreading fake news and disinformation, robbing, blackmailing, and assaulting foreign nationals living in Turkey. The suspects were also alleged to have received training and arranged meetings by Mossad. Turkish authorities found large amounts of foreign currency, including approximately 150,000 euros ($165,100), an unregistered firearm, and digital materials during the raids. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya released footage of the operations, showing police raiding homes, arresting suspects, and placing them in police vehicles.