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Egypt to try Mossad officers for 'spying'

Five officers from Israel's Mossad spy agency and three Egyptians will stand trial on Wednesday on charges of spying for the Jewish state, judicial sources said. Egyptian prosecutors have accused the eight of espionage and supplying Israel with information impacting Egypt's national security, the sources said on Sunday. The trial is expected to open with none of the defendants present, the sources said, because the Mossad officers are "on the run" while it is not clear if the three Egyptians had been arrested.

U.S. seen withholding most military aid from Egypt: source

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counter-terrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula that borders Israel, and other such priorities, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official said U.S. President Barack Obama had not made a final decision on the issue, which has vexed U.S. officials as they balance a desire to be seen promoting democracy and rights with a desire to keep up some cooperation with Egypt's military.

Egypt refers nine to trial for 'spying for Israel'

Egypt's public prosecutor on Wednesday referred nine people, including six foreigners, to trial for allegedly spying for Israel, the official MENA news agency reported. Three Egyptians and six Israelis were referred to a criminal court, though it was unclear if any of them were in the country. Four of the Israelis are said to be intelligence officers and two are Arab Israeli citizens, MENA said.

Egypt arrests man for 'spying for Israel'

Security forces have arrested an Egyptian on suspicion of spying for Israel, Egypt's state prosecutor said on Saturday, adding that it has detained him for 15 days for questioning. Official news agency MENA, which carried the prosecutor's comments, added that the man is accused of having worked for Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service. The suspect "took the initiative in cooperating with Mossad before joining them in 2011," MENA reported.

Israeli Bedouin jailed in Egypt starts hunger strike

An Israeli Bedouin who has been jailed in Egypt for more than 12 years on charges of spying has begun an open-ended hunger strike, he said in a handwritten letter in Arabic seen by AFP. Ouda Tarabin's letter, passed on to the Israeli embassy in Cairo, was addressed to Ambassador Yaakov Amitai. "I ask that his excellency, as an ambassador of the State of Israel ... inform Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi about my hunger strike, which I began on April 23, 2013," he wrote.
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