Egypt police nab suspected Turkish spy

Egyptian riot police arrest a protester during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (file photo)

Egyptian security forces have arrested a 46-year-old Turkish man on suspicion of espionage and collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood, a report says.

Rasit Oguz was arrested in the city of Ismailia northeast of Cairo on August 28 while taking pictures of military establishments, Egypt™s official news agency MENA reported on Saturday, citing security sources.

The news agency also said that Turkish diplomats based in Cairo were following up on the issue and had visited Oguz in a detention center.

The arrest could spark new tensions between Ankara and Cairo whose bilateral relations have been seriously damaged since Egypt™s first elected President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a military coup on July 3.

On August 20, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel was behind the overthrow of Morsi, whose administration took a number of measures against the Tel Aviv regime.

The Turkish premier also criticized certain Islamic countries, saying they are betraying Egypt by backing the country’s military-appointed government.

Erdogan™s statement angered Israel, the United States, and the interim government in Cairo. They strongly condemned the Turkish leader for speaking against the regime in Tel Aviv.

The interim government in Egypt has launched a bloody crackdown on anti-coup protesters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including the party™s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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