Lebanon to take legal action on Israel spying

Lebanon to take legal action on Israel spying
Sun Nov 10, 2013 16:03:34

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour says Beirut is going to take legal action against Israel over its spying activities.

“Lebanon is conducting serious investigations regarding the blatant Israeli violations of our sovereignty. According to information we have from Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, the Israeli enemy has stationed very sophisticated espionage devices that enable Tel Aviv to tap into both wired and wireless communication networks,” Mansour said in an interview with Press TV.

“Not only this continues a non-stop aggression against our sovereignty, but it is very dangerous because it enables Israeli intelligence agencies to spy on Lebanese security apparatuses,” he said.

Mansour also said that Lebanese lawmakers are planning to draft a complaint against Tel Aviv for breaking international norms.

He said Beirut would seriously follow the case through the UN Security Council.

The decision was made after Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday revealed that the Tel Aviv regime had installed spying stations along Lebanon’s southern border, “starting from al-Naqoura passing by Khiyam all the way to Shebaa.”

The largest station is reportedly deployed in al-Abbad and Jal al-Alam areas, which are located near the UN-designated Blue Line.

Lebanese caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn also said in a statement on Thursday that Lebanon “will not remain idle and it is following up on the spying issue on the highest levels,” adding that the Lebanese army is intensifying contacts with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to find out about the facts.

“Information about the Israeli enemy setting up spying devices on the southern border is more proof of the enemy’s ongoing plan to transform Lebanon into an easy morsel while we are busy with internal disputes,” Ghosn said.

The parliamentary bloc of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has also condemned the Israeli move.

Israel also violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.


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