Iran has reported the arrest of three individuals suspected to be agents of Israel’s Mossad spy service. According to the IRNA state news agency, the arrests took place on the Iranian-Afghan border. The detainees are alleged to have been planning to carry out drone attacks using suicide drones launched from the Afghan border into eastern Iran. The operation to capture them was carried out jointly by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and the Taliban’s intelligence service. The suspects are expected to be transferred to Iran for interrogation.
This development comes in the context of heightened tensions between Israel and Iran. Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accused Israel of “crossing the red lines” in reference to the situation in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been conducting ground operations in Gaza following a series of air and rocket attacks on civilian targets, including hospitals and refugee camps.
The conflict in Gaza has been ongoing, with the latest escalation occurring on October 7 when Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, launched an attack on Israel. According to Israeli officials, over 1,400 people have been killed and more than 200 hostages taken. In response, the IDF has carried out airstrikes in the densely populated Palestinian enclave.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health has reported a death toll of 9,488 since the beginning of the violent escalation. This includes 3,900 children and 2,509 women. Additionally, over 24,000 people have been injured. Protests calling for a ceasefire in Gaza have taken place in cities around the world.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for a ceasefire, stating that it would be tantamount to surrendering to Hamas. He has previously referred to Hamas as part of the “evil axis” alongside Iran and Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group.
The arrest of the alleged Mossad agents on the Iranian-Afghan border adds another layer to the already tense situation between Israel and Iran. It remains to be seen how this development will impact the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the wider regional dynamics.
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