'Lebanon nabs man who spied for Israel for 35 yrs'

Retired telecommunications worker accused of supplying Israel with details regarding marine security, Lebanese media reports.

January 11, 2012 21:09
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Lebanese military intelligence have arrested a man accused of spying for Israel in the country over the past 35 years, the Lebanon Now news portal reported Wednesday, citing a story carried by Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television.

The alleged spy was identified as Elias Younes, a retired employee of the Ogero telecommunications company.

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Al-Manar refered to Younes as "the dean of all collaborators," because of his alleged decades-long collaboration with Israel.

“[Younes] supplied the enemy with details regarding marine security and gave them information related to the Telecommunications Ministry,” Al-Manar reported, according to Now Lebanon.

Lebanon has arrested several people working in the telecommunications industry in the past for allegedly spying for Israel. They have also accused Israel of planting espionage devices in southern Lebanon.

On Tuesday, Lebanese news website Naharnet claimed that the Israel Air Force had dropped a suspicious object in southern Lebanon.


The object landed between the towns of Talousa and Houla, according to the report. Lebanese security forces have begun searching for the object but are having difficulty because of cluster bombs in the area left over from Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah.

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