Lebanon Submits Official Complaint to UN Over Israeli 'Spy Devices'

Spy devices bearing Hebrew lettering found in Lebanon last week; Lebanese radio attributes Wednesday's explosion to IAF covering up espionage.

Lebanon submitted an official complaint to the United Nations Security Council over spy instillations, allegedly from Israel, which were found in two separate areas near Beirut, Kuwaiti media reported on Saturday.

The Lebanese Army said on Wednesday that 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.

Spy devices - AP - Dec. 15, 2010

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry clarified the complaint they submitted to the Security Council.

"Israel very clearly invaded Lebanon's sovereignty. They broke international law and Security Council resolution 1701. This threatens peace and security," the Foreign Ministry stated.

UN Security Council resolution 1701 is the cease-fire agreement that ended the 34-day Second Lebanon War between Israel and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

On Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman praised the "importance of cooperation between the Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah, which helped uncover the Israeli spy violations."

Voice of Lebanon radio station reported the same day that an 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.

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Photos of the installations, released on 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.

The system found on Sannine mountain 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.

Hezbollah fought a 34-day war against Israel in 2006 that left 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.