In a significant counter-espionage operation, Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) decrypted seven GSM lines used by the Cyber Operations Center (IÇOM) of Israel’s Mossad. This breakthrough led to the discovery of Mossad’s extensive espionage network within Turkey, particularly targeting Palestinian nationals and those close to the Hamas leadership.
The investigation revealed that Mossad successfully established contact with individuals closely associated with the Hamas leadership. Notable arrest include a bodyguard for Hamas official Khalidi Almasal, and the brother of a Palestinian national working for Israeli intelligence, who served as a social media advisor for Hamas leader Ismail Heniyye.
The extensive operation spanned eight provinces and involved raids on 57 locations. Authorities issued arrest warrants for 46 suspects, some of whom managed to evade capture. The detainees are mainly foreign nationals and are suspected of engaging in reconnaissance, surveillance, and other espionage activities. Sources indicate that the operatives were recruited through vaguely described job announcements. They reportedly received payments in cash and used specially designed bags with secret compartments to evade detection at customs.