Lebanon objects to UN to Israel spying

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Published in Lebonan
Saturday, 09 April 2011

lebnonSpy devices found in the Sannine mountain, near Beirut on Dec 15, 2010. AP Photo

Lebanon has filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council over Israel's planting of a spy system camouflaged as rocks in its southern territory.

The Lebanese foreign
 ministry urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a letter to pressure Israel to cease its espionage activities in Lebanon, a Press TV correspondent reported.

It called on the UN to assume its responsibility in maintaining international peace and to pressure Israel to abandon what it described as “hostile and provocative policy towards Lebanon.”

The letter stated that Israel's planting of the system so deep into Lebanese territory is a blatant violation of the country's sovereignty and of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

This is the second such incident in less than a year in which the Lebanese army has had to dismantle an Israeli spy system.

Last month, the army reported the discovery of an Israeli camera and image system in the village of Shamaa in southern Lebanon. It also reportedly contained a system for receiving control signals and an energy feeding source that could be activated by a reconnaissance plane.

Additionally, in December of last year, the Lebanese army said it has dismantled similar devices in the areas of Barouk and Sannine in the southeast of Beirut.

More than 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Mossad, including members of the country's security forces and telecommunications personnel, since April 2009.

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