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Israel exposes Iranian espionage cell in West Bank

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Israel's internal security agency on Wednesday said it had busted an Iranian espionage cell operating in the West and arrested its Palestinian

The of the cell was a 29-year-old computer science student named from Hebron, but he received his directions from an Iranian in South Africa, the Times of reported, citing Shin Bet, as saying.

Maharma, who was charged with establishing a cell to carry out shooting attacks and recruiting suicide bombers, received 8,000 US Dollars from Iran, according to

The also stated that Maharma told the investigators that he was also asked to find an Arab Israeli who would be willing to take photographs inside the Israeli territory, specifically a who would have more access to "official locations."

According to the statement by Shin Bet, "The operation demonstrates the Iranian involvement in encouraging terror attacks against and also shows the forces being sent by to countries around the world, in order to advance enemy activities against

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First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 22:55 IST