A Lebanese soldier carries his weapon as he stands at an army post in the hills above the Lebanese town of Arsal, near the border with Syria, Lebanon September 21, 2016. Picture taken September 21, 2016. .
(photo credit: MOHAMED AZAKIR / REUTERS)
Lebanese security forces announced Friday night that they arrested three Lebanese nationals for allegedly collaborating with the Israeli Mossad.
A Saturday report from the Lebanese, Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted security forces as saying: "The intelligence war between the Israeli and Palestinian security services of Lebanon and Hezbollah continues, as we recently arrested a cell with three Lebanese citizens operating out of the Bourj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp and Deir Koubel, a Lebanese village, who were recruited by the Mossad to gather intelligence on the resistance [to Israel]."
"A Lebanese security squad managed to dismantle the cell in recent days, with three cell members who have ties to Israel and operated out of Bourj el-Barajneh," the report read.
According to Lebanese security, one of the suspects, a school teacher nicknamed "Abbas S." confessed to working with the Mossad. Electronic devices were found in his home.
The newspaper added: "A large number of agents of the Israeli Mossad were recently arrested in Lebanon," but did not disclose the number and date of the alleged arrests.
Lebanese security forces arrested three men and two women on suspicion of spying for Israel on January 16, the security forces announced at the time.
It was also reported that the cell had been in contact with Israeli embassies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Cell members allegedly admitted they worked with the Mossad and were in contact with Israeli Embassies in Amman, Ankara, London, Kathmandu and Nepal. Two women from India, it was reported at the time, received instructions from Israel to expand the cell.