Friday, 25 June 2010

Lebanon arrests Palestinian suspected of spying for Israel

Suspect allegedly aided Israeli intelligence over course of five years, according to Lebanese media report.

Lebanese security forces have arrested a Palestinian man suspected of aiding Israeli intelligence, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Friday.

The resident of the Bourj A-Shimali refugee camp in southern Lebanon allegedly supplied information to Israel over a five year period, according to the report.

Investigators who raided the suspect's home found advanced communications and spy devices that the man allegedly used to contact the Israeli agents via the internet.

An investigation into spying for Israel has led to more than 50 arrests since last year, including holding a former brigadier general of the General Security directorate. More than 20 have been formally charged.

Lebanon, which is in a state of war with Israel, has described the arrests as a major blow to Israel's spying networks in the country. Hezbollah has called for the death penalty for all suspects convicted of spying for Israel.

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