Lebanon reportedly arrests ‘Israeli spy’
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Lebanon reportedly arrests ‘Israeli spy’

Local media says Beirut man allegedly worked with Israeli intelligence for over a decade

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Illustrative photo of Lebanese Army soldiers patrolling during October clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)
Illustrative photo of Lebanese Army soldiers patrolling during October clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)

The Lebanese military on Saturday arrested a Lebanese man for allegedly collaborating with Israeli intelligence, Al-Akhbar reported, citing Lebanese judicial sources.

According to the Lebanese media report, the suspect, a resident of southern Beirut, stood accused of working with Israel “in Lebanon and Europe for over ten years.”

The report came after Hezbollah announced last week on Al-Manar TV that the Lebanese army arrested a man on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. It claimed that Ali Tawfiq Yaghi, a former local politician, was the highest paid Israeli spy in history and was allegedly paid $600,000 serving Israeli intelligence.

Al-Manar reported that Yaghi “began working for the Mossad in 1990, and had undergone intelligence training on how to use invisible ink, encrypted radio devices and other modern means of communication.” The website claimed that Israel held a ceremony in his honor in appreciation of his work during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

According to the Al-Manar report, Yaghi could face the death penalty.

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