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Damascus - 'Israel Spies On Russian Fleet Off Syrian Coast'

Published on: March 31, 2013 10:35 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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ISRAELI spying equipment has been found hidden in artificial rocks on an uninhabited island opposite the Syrian port of Tartus, where it was being used to monitor Russian naval movements.ISRAELI spying equipment has been found hidden in artificial rocks on an uninhabited island opposite the Syrian port of Tartus, where it was being used to monitor Russian naval movements.

Damascus - Israeli espionage devices planted in artificial rocks were found on an uninhabited island off the coast of Syria, Lebanese pro-Syrian, Al Manar TV reported on Sunday.

Camera equipment placed inside the camouflaged devices were activated in order to track the movements of the Russian navy and transmit real-time images via satellite back to Israel, according to the report.

Three large devices embedded with electronic transmission gear were allegedly found on the Mediterranean island opposite of the Syrian port of Tartous.

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The port is home to a Russian naval facility, Russia’s only military base outside the former Soviet Union and a symbol of decades-old ties between Moscow and the Assad ruling dynasty. Russia continues to supply Assad with military equipment as he battles the uprising.

Iranian naval ships have also docked in the Tartous port after traveling through the Suez Canal. The ships were said to be providing training for Syrian naval forces.

The Al Manar report suggests that Israeli commandos from the “Flotilla 13”, in Hebrew Shayetet 13, an elite naval unit conducted an earlier operation to plant the surveillance system inconspicuously on the island.

The commandos had previously infiltrated the Syrian territory via German-manufactured Dolphin class submarines, armed with nuclear cruise missile capabilities, to extract sample stones to be used for replication. The frogmen also evaluated the terrain for the most effective location for a monitoring station, Al Manar reported.

Images of artificial rocks embedded with electronic devices including batteries and cables along with a satellite were shown on Syria’s state-run television, the report states.

The equipment shown on Syrian television - and the artificial rocks used to disguise it - closely resembled items seized in Lebanon in recent years that Lebanese authorities said were also used by Israel to monitor movements inside Lebanon.

Earlier in the month, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor would not comment on the report of the spy equipment, saying: “We will not be dragged into the Syrian civil war. Not on the verbal or propaganda battlefield, nor on the real one.”


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 Mar 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM kay Says:

Shocking, I would naver guess isreal would do somthing like that

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 Mar 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM jack-l Says:

wow! kol hakovod. U can be sure the russian navy was on the lookout for exactly this kind spy operation, using all their sophisticated monitoring and surveilance equipment to protect their ships etc. and yet the israelis pulled it off. Who knows how long israel was watching. Fantastic. Could this be the real reason why the russian navy pulled out and moved to lebanon. We should all be proud. We should also thank the RSO.

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 Mar 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM StevenWright Says:

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kay Says:

Shocking, I would naver guess isreal would do somthing like that

and neither would any other country on earth, especially Russia.....

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 Mar 31, 2013 at 01:03 PM VeyIzMir Says:

Something is not right. How did they uncover this? This smells of a mole in the CIA or Mossad.

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 Mar 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM Anonymous Says:

the reason they did it is so that the magazine zman will have what to write about in the next issue

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 Mar 31, 2013 at 02:57 PM Redleg Says:

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VeyIzMir Says:

Something is not right. How did they uncover this? This smells of a mole in the CIA or Mossad.

No one can keep a secret for ever, particularly a little secret like this. The more people who know about it, the greater the chance of it's being compromised. Apparently Israel has used this trick before which greatly increased the likelihood of it's being discovered.

Another possibility is that Israel left the devices deliberately, expecting them to be discovered, as a ruse to disguise other surveillance devices.

The Mossad and the CIA know what they're doing and usually do a good job but they can't bat 1000 all the time. Syria and other Arab states have spy agencies of their own and they're pretty good at what the do also.

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