Israel destroys ´spy devices´ in southern Lebanon (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 3 July 2012 Last updated at 15:40 GMT)
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Israel has destroyed three spying devices discovered in southern
Lebanon, the Lebanese army has said.
The "booby-trapped wire-tapping devices" found in the villages of
Zrariye and Rzay, north of the Litani river, were bombed on Monday,
The devices had earlier been found by members of the military wing of
the Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah.
Israel has not commented. Lebanon has accused its neighbour in the
past of planting similar spying devices.
Lebanon has been in a state of war with Israel since 1973, while
Hezbollah fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006 that left some
1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.
On Monday, Hezbollah´s al-Manar television reported that the "Zionist
spying devices" had tapped into the group´s private wired
"The detection came within the framework of an ongoing spyware
detection [operation]," a Hezbollah statement said.
"Subsequently, the enemy detonated the device remotely, but no-one
was hurt due to the high level of alert and caution of the resistance
Al-Manar said one of the spying devices contained more than 20 boxes
and batteries. The device was found on a hill near the border and was
linked via an 80m cable to transmission equipment pointing towards
Israeli military posts, it added.
Hezbollah said Israel´s "persistent attacks" on its
telecommunications network constituted a violation of Lebanese
sovereignty and threatened the safety and security of the Lebanese
The Lebanese army later confirmed that there had been three blasts in
Zrariye and Rzay at 17:15 local time (14:15 GMT) on Monday.
"A military expert went to the area and it turned out that the
explosions resulted from the bombardment by the Israeli enemy of
three booby-trapped wire-tapping devices. An investigation is under
way to uncover the circumstances of the incident."
There were similar incidents involving alleged Israeli spying devices
in December 2011 and February 2012. Israel did not comment at the
time. (© BBC MMXII 07/03/12)
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