Lebanon arrests six for spying for Israel

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Lebanon arrests six for spying for Israel

The Lebanese army has arrested six more people on the charges of spying for Israel, a security source said on Friday.

He said the suspects, arrested in four separate raids this week, were being questioned about providing Israel with information on Hezbollah members and their movements.

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

He said some of the suspects were found to have sophisticated communication devices in their possession.

On Wednesday, Lebanon's military prosecutor indicted three Lebanese with spying for Israel as part of an espionage investigation lasting nearly a year in which at least 27 suspects have been detained.

Israel has not commented on the arrests.

Hezbollah has called for the death penalty for all suspects convicted of spying for Israel.

The wave of arrests began in April 2009 with the detention of a former brigadier general of the General Security directorate.

Hezbollah was formed during Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It came out into the open as a mainly guerrilla group in 1985 but quickly began establishing social and medical networks in Lebanon.

Resistance by Hezbollah were instrumental in Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000 after a 22-year occupation.

Israel attacked the group in 2006 that that cost Lebanon a heavy civilian toll but failed to defeat its guerrilla force on the ground.

Agencies

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