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Shin Bet catches Hamas agents spying in Israel

The Shin Bet and Israel Police caught two Hamas agents who were spying in Israeli territory in November, the agency announced on Thursday.
The agents, Hussein Biari, an Israeli citizen with family in the Gaza Strip, and Mahmoud Ahmad, a resident of the Gaza Strip with a trade permit to enter Israel, were arrested on November 29. Evidence showed that they were recruited by a Hamas network that was handling spies in Israel.
The network was directed by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, including Muhammad Khalawa, who has been found connected to other busted spy rings.
The investigation found that the two suspects met with Hamas operatives while staying in Gaza in order to receive missions and maintained ongoing secret-operational contact with the handlers.
Ahmad was recruited to the spy network in 2019 and worked to gather information about the Iron Dome batteries throughout the country. He also worked to secretly photograph IDF soldiers at the Ashkelon Central Station.