New evidence has surfaced regarding Israel’s spying on Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement during the 33-day war it imposed on the country in 2006.
Latest confessions by members of Lebanon’s Alfa telecom company indicate that Israel managed to infiltrate the mobile operator database in the second day of the 2006 war, according to the Lebanese daily newspaper As-Safir.
Interrogations of suspected spies Charbel Q. and Tareq R. showed it was the data from the telecom firm that enabled Israeli forces to target individuals and buildings during the July war, especially in southern Beirut and the villages in the country’s south.
Lebanese forces have so far arrested four Alfa employees over espionage charges.
Two of the suspects have been convicted and received the death sentence, while the other two have fled Lebanon to avoid arrest.
Since April 2009, Lebanon has arrested nearly 100 people, including members of the country’s security forces and telecom personnel, on suspicion of spying for the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.
A number of the suspects have admitted their role in helping Israel identify targets inside Lebanon — mostly belonging to Hezbollah — which Tel Aviv heavily bombed during its 2006 war against the country.
The counter-espionage operation has dealt a serious blow to Israel’s intelligence gathering system in Lebanon.