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Lebanese military intelligence has arrested a high-ranking army officer on suspicion of spying for Israel, according to Arabic media reports Tuesday.

The Lebanese army colonel was detained several days ago but the military barred local media from reporting the arrest to so as not damage morale ahead of Lebanon's national Army Day, celebrated across the country on Tuesday, Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported.

Authorities also arrested an employee of Lebanons Alfa mobile telephone company on spying charges – the third worker from the company to be detained. Another former senior army officer employed by Alfa is believed to have fled to Germany, while four technicians from the company have also apparently fled the country.

Lebanon has in recent months made around 50 arrests in connection with alleged Israeli espionage plots, sparking fears there that the country's communications infrastructure has been extensively penetrated by Israeli intelligence.

On Monday Al-Akhbar reported that a senior manager at another Lebanese cellphone service provider, government-owned Ogero, had been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel.

Last week a German engineer working in Lebanon was also detained on suspicion of transferring sensitive information to Israel.