Lebanon claims to uncover Israeli spy cameras overlooking Beirut
Senior Lebanese army officer says Hezbollah tipped the military off to two long range Israeli cameras in the mountains of Lebanon.
Lebanese military experts have discovered and dismantled two spy cameras planted in the country's mountains by Israel, Lebanon's army said Wednesday.
One of the long range spying systems was placed on Sannine mountain, which overlooks Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley, and the second was on Barouk mountain, southeast of the capital, the army said in a statement.
The system found in Sannine included a camera, a device to send images and a third to receive signals, the army said. The device found in Barouk was "much more complicated."
The army said it plans to remove the cameras and urged citizens to inform authorities about any suspicious objects they find. The military was tipped off about the systems by the militant Hezbollah group, the statement said.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
Earlier this month, Hezbollah said it discovered an Israeli device spying on its private telecommunications network.
In a speech late Wednesday, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah accused Israel of spying on Lebanon with radars hidden underground that send pictures day and night.
He also assured supporters that the militant group is ready to repulse any future Israeli attack despite internal tension in Lebanon over a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
"The resistance is working day and night and training day and night," Nasrallah said. Hezbollah fought a 34-day war against Israel in 2006 that left 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.
Lebanon and Israel are officially in a state of war. More than 100 people in Lebanon have been arrested since last year on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.