Lebanon Army: Spy device found near Beirut bears Hebrew writing
Photos of spy installation show the words 'mini cloud' in Hebrew and name of Israeli manufacturer; Lebanese army says it found two Israeli spy devices in mountains near Beirut on Wednesday.
Lebanese television published Thursday photos of spy installations that the Lebanese Army had found in mountainous areas near Beirut, showing one of the devices bearing Hebrew writing.
The Lebanese Army said Wednesday it had uncovered two Israeli spy installations in mountainous areas near Beirut and the Bekaa Valley – one on Sannine mountain and another on Barouk mountain.
The photos released Thursday show a device bearing the words "mini cloud" in Hebrew, along with the name of the manufacturer - "Beam Systems Israel Ltd." - in English.
According to reports, the installations included photographic equipment as well as laser and broadcast equipment.
Earlier Thursday, the Voice of Lebanon radio station reported that the explosion heard in Lebanon late Wednesday was an Israel Air Force operation aimed at destroying an espionage device it had installed off the coast of the city of Sidon.
It is still unclear whether there is a connection between the device that was allegedly bombed near Sidon and the spy installations that the Lebanese Army said it had uncovered in the mountains.
The system found on Sannine mountain on Wednesday included a camera, a device to send images and a third to receive signals, the Lebanese army said. The device found in Barouk was "much more complicated."
The Lebanese 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 Lebanese army said in a statement.
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.