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Egypt's official MENA news agency says authorities have arrested an Israeli national on charges of working for the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.
Judge Hesham Badawi of the supreme state security prosecution ordered the man's detention for 15 days pending investigations into alleged "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests", MENA said on Sunday.
MENA named the suspect as Ilan Chaim Grabel and said he was arrested at his hotel in central Cairo.
Egyptian state television said the "Mossad officer" had arrived in Egypt shortly after the start of the January 25 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, the country's long-time president, seeking to "incite chaos and sectarian strife".
Egypt's intelligence services had suspected the man - "who was posing as a foreign correspondent" covering anti-government protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square [Liberation] Square - of spying, and monitored his movements and phone calls before his arrest, MENA said.