Lebanon uncovers Israeli spy networks, report


A high-ranking Lebanese security official has reported that 22 spy networks working for Israel have been uncovered, local media reported Friday.

The official said Lebanese security forces discovered the spy networks and arrested their members. He said Lebanon is determined to rid itself of spies.

Earlier in May, Lebanese military officer Ghazwan Eid Shahin was charged with “providing information to enemy intelligence services, AFP news agency reported. He is the third military officer to be indicted on spy charges in Lebanon. The military prosecutor requested the death penalty.

Shahin will be tried in military court at a date still to be determined.

Lebanon’s military court sentenced to death retired internal security services member Mahmud Qassem Rafah after he was convicted of “collaboration and espionage on behalf of the Israeli enemy” in February, AFP said.