CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Lebanon arrests suspected Israeli spy

07-01-2010 08:35 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Lebanon has arrested an employee at state-owned operator Alfa on suspicion of spying for Israel. Hezbollah has accused Israel of tapping Lebanon's mobile, phone lines and controlling the country's telecom web.

The Lebanese army announced Monday the arrest of Sharbel Qazi, a Lebanese senior employee who had worked for the Alfa cell phone operating company for 14 years.

Reports say Qazi confessed that he had planted software and chips into Alfa's cell phone system, making the manipulation of data much easier for Israeli communication experts.

Lebanon Security Expert, said, "Israel has penetrated into Hezbollah's security network, and the Hezbollah headquarters may have been exposed. We assume that Israel now possesses information about top Hezbollah officials, and it is planning to assassinate them."

Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006, says the case shows Israel is able to infiltrate and control the telecommunications network.

It's called on the government to take immediate action to identify the damage.

Hassan Fadlallah, Hezbollah MP, said, "The Israeli enemy has been able over the past years, through what has been provided to it by the telecom agent, to control technically the telecom web. This has greatly harmed national security. The Israeli breach of security puts us before our national responsibility as a parliament, government, and political forces."

Lebanon began a wave of arrests in April 2009 as part of an espionage investigation.

More than 20 people have been formally charged.

Officials say many of the suspects played key roles in identifying Hezbollah targets that were bombed during the 2006 war.

Other suspects have been charged with monitoring some senior Hezbollah officials, who have already been assassinated.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program