Accused spies for Israel flee Lebanon


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Lebanese men accused of spying for Israel, including a former senior army officer, have fled the country.

The former officer may have taken a commercial flight to Germany, a Lebanese newspaper reported. Another may have escaped into Israel.

All of the suspects were employees of the state-owned mobile telecom company Alfa cellular, to which Israel allegedly has undercover ties.

The Lebanese government is planning to accuse Israel of espionage in an official complaint to the United Nations Security Council, its information minister, Tareq Mitri, said Wednesday.

Dozens of accused spies for Israel have been arrested in Lebanon since April 2009.

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