Lebanon sentences 10 citizens to jail in absentia for allegedly spying for Israel

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March 20, 2014 16:37

In aftermath of Israelis strikes in Syria, local media report intense Israeli activity in the skies over southern Lebanon.

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Israeli espionage. (photo credit:REUTERS)

A Lebanese military court in Beirut sentenced ten citizens in absentia to jail for allegedly spying for Israel.

Two were sentenced to life in prison for aiding the enemy and obtaining Israeli citizenship, UPI reported Thursday. The other 8 defendents were sentenced to 15 months in absentia for obtaining Israeli citizenship and entering Israel.

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Meanwhile, local media reported intense Israeli activity in the skies over southern Lebanon on Thursday morning.

Israeli fighter jets performed mock raids at medium altitude starting from 9:00 a.m., Lebanon’s National News Agency reported.

A drone also took part, the Lebanese Army Command Guidance Directorate said in a statement.

“On Thursday at 9:00 a.m., an Israeli drone violated Lebanese airspace from above Alma Al-Shaab village, executed circular flight over Tyre and Bint Jbeil regions; and then left at 10:55 a.m. from above Rmeich village,” it said according to the National News Agency.

In addition, a gigantic Israeli air balloon carrying surveillance cameras was also launched over Lebanon.

Early Thursday morning, the Israeli army fired flares over the Shebaa Farms area as drones roamed south Lebanon and patrols were conducted along the border, reported Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI).

This comes a day after Israel attacked Syrian military targets in response to a bomb that wounded four soldiers along the border in the Golan Heights on Tuesday.


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