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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.