Lebanon to complain Israel spying at UNSC

Lebanon will raise cases of Israeli spying at the United Nations, Information Minister Tareq Mitri said.

Lebanon to complain Israel spying at UNSC

Lebanon will raise cases of Israeli spying at the United Nations, Information Minister Tareq Mitri said on Wednesday, after two telecom workers were arrested and charged with spying for Israel.

In the last month Lebanon has detained two employees at the state-owned phone company Alfa and two men have been sentenced to death -- all four convicted of, or suspected of, spying for Israel.

A wider investigation has led to the arrest of more than 50 people since April last year.

Mitri, speaking after a cabinet meeting, said ministers in the unity government agreed unanimously to raise a detailed report on the file of the agents to the (United Nations) Security Council.

The cabinet decision was taken on the same day that a military court sentenced a man to death for spying on Hezbollah to Israel in 2008.

Hassan Ahmed al-Hussein was convicted of giving Israel the names, addresses and details of houses of Hezbollah officials in the southern Lebanese village of Qantara, and providing information about other targets.

Last week a court sentenced Ali Mantash to death for giving Israel security information it used in its 34-day attack in 2006. In total, three people have received death sentences.

Israel attacked the group in 2006 that that cost Lebanon a heavy civilian toll but failed to defeat its guerrilla force on the ground.

Lebanon had described the arrests as a major blow to Israel's intelligence gathering in the country and said that many of the detained suspects helped identify targets bombed in the 2006 war.

But the arrests of Alfa employees Charbel Qazzi and Tareq Raba'a raised fears over how deeply Israel had infiltrated Lebanon's telecoms and security sectors.

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2010, 16:50

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