Lebanon Arrests 'Spy for Israel'

Lebanon nabs a mobile telephone technician, accusing him of spying for Israel.

Tags: Lebanon
Maayana Miskin , | updated: 12:11 PM

Lebanese storekeeper
Lebanese storekeeper
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Lebanon has arrested a technician on suspicion of spying for Israel. The technician, who has not been named, works for the Lebanese Alfa mobile phone network.

Arab media outlets reported Sunday that the detainee was a senior executive at the state-owned Alfa company who had access to “sensitive information” due to his work. Lebanese officials denied Monday that the man was a senior employee at the firm.

Lebanese forces launched an arrest campaign targeting alleged Israeli spies in early 2009. Several dozen people have been arrested since then, including former senior army officials.

An additional three suspects fled the country before they could be arrested. Two allegedly fled to Israel.

Israel has refused to confirm or deny any of the spy allegations.

In Israel, several citizens have been accused of spying for the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah. An Israeli Arab was sentenced to prison in April for spying on IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, well-known Israeli Arab activist Amir Mahoul has been indicted for allegedly providing Hizbullah with information on IDF bases, and former Israeli MK Azmi Bishara fled the country after allegedly assisting Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War.