Hizbullah: 2 Israeli sisters arrested in Beirut

Hizbullah TV says the 2 detained when trying to leave country for holding Israeli passports.

June 10, 2009 23:56
Hizbullah: 2 Israeli sisters arrested in Beirut

Hizbullah supporters 248.88. (photo credit: AP [file])


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Two sisters have been arrested at Beirut International Airport for holding Israeli passports, Hizbullah's Al-Manar television network reported Wednesday night. According to the report, the two - Josephine Moussa, 67, and her 69-year-old sister Georgette - arrived in Lebanon several days ago, entering using Lebanese passports. They were reportedly arrested when trying to leave the country. Georgette is said to live in Israel while Josephine is believed to reside in the US and also hold an American passport. Al Manar also said that Georgette Moussa admitted to voting in Sunday's Lebanese elections in one of the districts of Beirut. The Foreign Ministry said it was looking into the report. After an initial investigation, a Lebanese Military Court judge ordered the two to be transferred to the Lebanese Internal Security's intelligence branch. According to the report, the judge made his decision after information in the sisters' travel documents and other papers were found to be contradictory, and after it was discovered that Georgette's Israeli passport stated that her original nationality was Jordanian. The report comes on the heels of a government campaign which resulted in over a dozen arrests of suspects said to have been spying for Israel.

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