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      Report: Lebanon Claims Arrest of 'Israeli Spy'

      Lebanese army officials say they have arrested an Egyptian man who has lived in Lebanon for 20 years on suspicion of spying for Israel.
      By Gabe Kahn.
      First Publish: 9/26/2011, 8:15 PM

      The Lebanese Army announced on Monday it had arrested a man on suspicion of spying for Israel, the As-Safir newspaper reported.

      The suspect, arrested late Saturday and held for interrogation, was identified only as Ibrahim S., 55, the newspaper said.

      The Egypt-born Ibrahim, who is married to a Lebanese woman, has lived in Hasbaya, southeast Lebanon, for the past 20 years.

      Security sources told As-Safir in remarks published Monday that Ibrahim has worked at several laundries in Hasbaya, Beirut and border towns.

      They said Ibrahim crossed into Israel in 1982, shortly after Israel created a strategic buffer zone in southern Lebanon, and worked in Israel for a 'substantial period of time.'

      Lebanese military intelligence raided Ibrahim’s apartment in western Hasbaya on Sunday, confiscating all electronic devices including a computer, according to the newspaper.

      Since April 2009 Lebanese authorities have arrested some 100 they suspect of spying on behalf of Israel.