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Abu Dhabi launches Israeli surveillance system: Report

15 July 2016 11:04

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Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has reportedly launched an emirate-wide surveillance system that has been developed by a company owned by a former Israeli spy.

The emirate lifted the curtain off Falcon Eye, as the system is called, on Wednesday, reported The Middle East Eye (MEE), which had previously exposed the Israeli manufacturer of the system.

The system has been developed by the Swiss-headquartered security company AGT International, which has Mati Kochavi, a former Israeli intelligence agent with strong links to the Tel Aviv regime’s spy service, as its CEO and founder.


Mati Kochavi, a former Israeli intelligence agent and CEO of security company AGT International

 

The Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre (ADMCC) said the new surveillance system “links thousands of cameras spread across the city, as well as thousands of other cameras installed at facilities and buildings in the emirate.”

An official statement reported by Arabian Business weekly said Falcon Eye will “help control roads by monitoring traffic violations while also monitoring significant behaviors in the city (Abu Dhabi) such as public hygiene and human assemblies in non-dedicated areas.”

Major General Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi, who heads the Abu Dhabi police force and chairs the ADMCC, said Falcon Eye is “part of the vision of the emirate of Abu Dhabi to pursue its efforts to build a confident and safe society, and a sustainable and globally open and competitive economy.”

Most Arab governments, including that of the UAE, have no diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime. Even so, reports have indicated that several of them, including Saudi Arabia, have had secret relations with Tel Aviv.

Last November, the Associated Press reported that Israel was set to open a “permanent mission” in the UAE, which it said was to operate as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the Emirati capital.

The MEE reported last month that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, an Emirati deputy prime minister, was the key supplier of livestock to Israel, shipping thousands of heads of such animals to the entity through a nexus of companies.

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