South Lebanon: Three Israeli spy devices exploded

Published October 18th, 2009 - 03:10 GMT

Three suspected Israeli spy devices have exploded in south Lebanon, two detonated remotely by the Israeli army and one destroyed by the Lebanese army, a military official said on Sunday. "One explosion occurred before midnight (2100 GMT) in a hilly part of the Houla border zone and a second happened in the same district (on Sunday) morning," the official told AFP.


It "seems the two detonations were triggered by Israel which exploded two spying devices it had planted in the sector a long while ago," she added. Israel "feared for one reason or another that they might be discovered and proceeded to destroy them by exploding them remotely," the official said.


Lebanese forces "located another device and exploded it on Sunday morning" after going to the area on Saturday night with UNIFIL peacekeepers, she added.


A security official in south Lebanon told AFP the devices were used for "surveillance of communications by the resistance."


The military official also said Lebanese anti-aircraft guns fired at an "Israeli MK-type reconnaissance aircraft which violated Lebanese air space, overflying the southern region of Bint Jbeil". "The army fired because the aircraft was within range," she conveyed.



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