Algeria has reportedly uncovered a spy ring, including members of several nationalities, working for Israel, media reports said Friday.
According to Arab media reports cited by Hebrew language media, the spy network included 10 people and was uncovered in the city of Ghardaïa in southern Algeria. Among members of the network were people with passports from Libya, Mali, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya.
The Algerian reports came a month after Israel was accused by Hamas of assassinating a Tunisian drone engineer who was working for the terror group.
In the new incident, Ynet said Algerian security forces claimed to have uncovered sophisticated communications systems used by the spies to transfer information.
The detainees were being held under arrest and accused of espionage, conspiring to create anarchy and harm the state and damaging state security.
Israel has not responded to the accusation by Hamas, a terror group avowedly committed to destroying Israel, that it was behind the death of the drone expert Mohammed Al-Zoari.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman played coy when speaking about the killing of Zoari.
“If someone was killed in Tunisia, he’s not likely to be a peace activist or a Nobel Prize candidate,” Liberman said at an event at the Zionist Organization of America House in Tel Aviv.
Tunisian Interior Minister Hedi Mejdoub said that journalists hired by individuals posing as a media company were entangled in the murder of Zoari, 49, outside his house in the port city of Sfax on December 15. Zoari was hit by 20 bullets at the wheel of his car.