Lebanon files UN complaint about 'Israeli spy devices'

Lebanese Foreign Ministry: Equipment planted "in order to serve as a means of communication between Israeli spies on Lebanese territory."

December 18, 2010 16:32
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Alleged Israeli spy equipment found in Lebanon

Hebrew Spy Equipment 311. (photo credit: LAF Website)

Lebanon filed a complaint against Israel with the UN Security Council following the discovery of two alleged Israeli spying devices on Mount Sannine, which overlooks Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley, and Mount Barouk, southeast of the capital, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said that the complaint claimed that Israel "planted two spying devices on Mount Barouk and Mount Sannine in order to gather and transmit information, and in order to serve as a means of communication between Israeli spies on Lebanese territory."

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A Lebanese newspaper on Saturday reported that the spying devices found in the Lebanese mountaintops were not discovered earlier this week but in the past.

Pictures released this week of the mountaintops reportedly proved the newspaper's claim as they do not show the snow piled at the top of the mountains in the wake of a snow storm that hit Lebanon last week.

According to the A-Nahar newspaper, it could not be determined when the spying devices were planted in the Lebanese mountains.

On Friday, A-Nahar reported that Lebanon is investigating whether collaborators helped Israel plant the "spy devices."

Lebanese paper As-Safir reported that the way the devices were installed proves that expert technicians cooperated with Israel.

"The devices were transferred to the [Lebanese] Defense Ministry, where a special technical staff examined them," according to a Friday article. "The staff will examine how the system worked and what information and photos they broadcast" to Israel.

As-Safir explained that the devices photograph movement in the area, help the IAF find targets, and bug all the telephones nearby. The paper added that the devices' batteries showed that they were meant to be installed for a long period of time.

The Lebanese Armed Forces on Thursday released pictures of what it said were Hebrew markings on the espionage equipment it claimed to have uncovered . A photograph released by the LAF shows a sign saying “Mini Cloud” in Hebrew and “Beam Systems Israel LTD” in English.

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