Lebanese man accused of spying for Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Lebanese citizen accused of spying for Israel was arrested by the Lebanese security service.

The man, a teacher, was accused of transferring sensitive intelligence to Israeli agents, Lebanese media reported Thursday. He had been under surveillance for several months, according to reports.

A Lebanese security source said the man, 54, had admitted to spying for Israel, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported.

The arrest came a week after a military court handed down death sentences to four people, including a first sergeant in the Lebanese army, on charges of spying for Israel and conspiring to wage a war on Lebanon. Two were sentenced in absentia since they reportedly fled to Israel.

In the past several months, about 20 people accused of spying for Israel have been arrested in Lebanon. 

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