Death sentence for accused Lebanese spies


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four Lebanese citizens were sentenced to death for spying for Israel.

A military court on Wednesday sentenced a sergeant in the country’s Internal Security Forces, his wife, sister and brother-in-law to death after they were convicted of conspiring with Israel and spying for Israel in an effort to arrange an attack on Lebanon.

The sergeant’s sister and brother-in-law were sentenced in absentia since they fled to Israel, Ynet reported.

Lebanon has jailed at least 20 people accused of spying for Israel.

In October, several explosions in southern Lebanon were reported by the UNIFIL force to be the destruction of spy devices that had been planted by Israel during the 2006 war with Hezbollah.

Also Wednesday, a senior Hezbollah official said all of Israel is within range of Hezbollah rocket fire. Hezbollah’s political bureau chief Mahmoud Kamati told Al Jazeera that if Israel bombed Beirut it would respond by bombing Tel Aviv.

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