On July 28, Iran announced that it had arrested a spy network affiliated with the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency.

The Intelligence Organization of the Law Enforcement Command, who made the arrest, did not give the nationality of spies, but said that they were members of Iranian separatist group that “has a history with the Zionist regime”.

“The Iranian police have arrested the chief and members of an espionage group affiliated with the Zionist regime,” the command said in a statement cited by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. “The group of five was encouraged by a separatist leader to get connected with the Zionist regime’s intelligence – Mossad.”

The members of the alleged network were reportedly collecting information on important and vital areas in Iran, motivated by financial temptation from the Mossad.

This is the second spy network that Iran claims to have arrested this week. On July 23, Iranian authorities arrested a Mossad network that was collaborating with the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran and planned to carry out “unprecedented acts of sabotage and terrorist operations”. The network reportedly entered Iran from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Recently, Iran ramped up its counter-intelligence efforts in response to a series of assassinations and attacks, most of which were blamed on the Mossad.

Israel and Iran have been locked up in covert war for years with no end in sight. The Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies will not likely cease their operations in Iran even if the country reaches an agreement with the US on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.