Lebanon dismantles Israeli spy devices with Hezbollah alert

Hezbollah has repeatedly said Israel have infiltrated the country's telecom sector.

Lebanon dismantles Israeli spy devices with Hezbollah alert

The Lebanese army said it dismantled two espionage devices on Wednesday that Israel had placed on top of two of the country's mountains, acting on an alert from Hezbollah.

An army statement said the device on Mount Sannine consisted of visual emission and reception parts. The second device was more complicated, it added, without elaborating.

It said the military had been alerted to their existence by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah, which has been cooperating closely with army intelligence since the launch of a national crackdown on alleged Israeli spy rings in 2009.

Hezbollah has repeatedly said Israel have infiltrated the country's telecom sector.

The army said Israel had planted the devices in Sanin and Barouk, mountain districts respectively to the north and south of the capital.

One military source said the equipment dismantled on Wednesday could also have monitored a large swathe of Lebanon's border region with neighbouring Syria.

Pictures released on the army's website (www.lebarmy.gov.lb) appeared to show spy devices partly covered by stones on the slopes of rocky hills.

Shortly after the army announcement Israeli warplanes flew at low altitude over towns in south Lebanon.

Two weeks ago Lebanon said Israel had remotely detonated two spy devices it had planted in the south of the country, slightly injuring two passers-by, after Hezbollah uncovered their location near the coastal city of Tyre.


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