Lebanon busts spy trio allegedly linked to Israel

Published November 8th, 2015 - 02:00 GMT
Lebanese soldiers stand next to the remains of an Israeli spy device on September 5, 2014 near the village of Adloun in southern Lebanon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
Lebanese soldiers stand next to the remains of an Israeli spy device on September 5, 2014 near the village of Adloun in southern Lebanon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)

AFP reports that Lebanese officials arrested three people on Sunday on allegations of spying for Israel.

A Syrian man, his Lebanese wife, and a Lebanese man confessed to the charges against them upon arrest. They admitted to gathering information on military and government targets. 

In addition, the trio allegedly recorded "sensitive" locations in southern Lebanon "and sent the footage to their employers to be used in later attacks," AFP reports.

"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 Lebanese security service said in a statement.
 
As Al Bawaba previously reported, last month the Lebanese army discovered an Israeli spy device disguised as a rock in the southern town of Bani Hayan. Tensions have continued to escalate along the southern border of Lebanon.
 
Lebanon has detained over 100 people in the past six years under suspicions of spying for Israel.
 
Lebanon and Israel have remained in conflict since 1948. Since the 2006 UN-brokered ceasefire, there have been only a few isolated incidents along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

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