Lebanon arrests three for spying for Israel
Authorities in Lebanon have arrested three people for spying on Lebanon’s military and security bodies and individuals for the Israeli regime.
Lebanon’s security service said in a statement on Sunday a Lebanese man plus a Syrian man and his Lebanese wife had been detained over espionage activities.
“In the framework of pursuing operations to combat terrorism and espionage… the directorate of General Security arrested a spy network working for the Israeli enemy in the south (of Lebanon),” the statement said.
The statement did not provide any information about how and when the three were arrested, but said the detainees had admitted to spying.
The statement also noted that the three had been gathering information on strategic roads and other areas in south Lebanon to be sent to “their employers to be used in later attacks.”
Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, were killed in the 33-Day War of 2006. On both occasions, however, Hezbollah fighters defeated the Israeli military and Tel Aviv was forced to retreat without achieving any of its objectives.
The Tel Aviv regime launched an intelligence war against Hezbollah following its defeat in the two wars on Lebanon.
In September, the Lebanese army said it had discovered a rock-shape Israeli espionage device in a district of the southern town of Bani Hayan. The device was connected to four large electric batteries and was equipped with a hidden camera and some transmission devices.
Israel also violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis through sending reconnaissance drones, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.
Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, have repeatedly condemned the overflights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.
UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.