Lebanon army: Israeli spy device dismantled near border

Army statement says surveillance camera found near southern port city Tyre, built to resemble a rock; IDF checking report.

March 17, 2011 18:32
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Ammiq Natural Reserve in western Bekaa in Lebanon.

Lebanon hills 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT - The Lebanese army said on Thursday it had uncovered and dismantled an Israeli surveillance camera near the southern port city of Tyre.

An army statement said the device, built to resemble a rock, was capable of monitoring a 15 km (10 mile) stretch of the southern coast from al-Bayyada to Tyre and could be operated using spy drones. Asked for comment, an IDF spokeswoman said she would check the report.

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The army said the device had been discovered based on information passed to Lebanese intelligence by "resistance sources," a reference to Shi'ite terror group Hezbollah which maintains a stronghold in the south.

In December the army uncovered two similar devices in mountains above Beirut. Lebanon's prime minister at the time, Saad al-Hariri, urged the United Nations in January to increase pressure on Israel to end all violations of Lebanese borders.

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