Lebanon Busts 15 Israeli Spy Rings: Report

The government of Lebanon on Monday said they have dismantled over 15 of Israel’s espionage networks across the country.

Lebanese Daily Al-Akhbar reported that the dismantlement of the 15 rings is one of the biggest operations carried out by the Information Branch of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) against the slipper cell, on Monday.

“ISF Forces arrested over 15 Israeli spy rings,” the outlet reported, adding the operation was kicked off five weeks ago starting from tracking their activities till their arrest. “They were arrested in different operations in different areas across the country.”

The paper said the rings were tasked with collecting information of Hezbollah and various Palestinian factions inside Lebanon. 

According to the daily, in total, 20 suspects were arrested, and 35 others were summoned for questioning.

“The security forces initially uncovered two alleged moles — a senior official in the directorate and a member of Hezbollah who had previously fought in Syria,” the outlet said, adding that he had been recruited by an organization claiming to be working for the United Nations.

In Damascus, a man was also arrested for providing maps of roads and buildings in the Syrian capital.

The paper said that the suspects came from different nationalities, among them were Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians.

“During the investigation, the Informational Branch of ISF managed to know the way of contact between the suspects and the sides who run them,” Al-Akhbar added.

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