Hezbollah man said killed in south Lebanon blast attributed to Israel

Lebanon accuses Israel of remotely destroying listening station discovered by Lebanese security forces

Screenshot from a Channel 2 report on the blast in south Lebanon September 5, 2014, attributed to Israel.
Screenshot from a Channel 2 report on the blast in south Lebanon September 5, 2014, attributed to Israel.

The Lebanese military said that one person was killed when Israel blew up a suspicious device after it was detected in southern Lebanon on Friday.

The official Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said Friday that a spying device had been found and blown up.

“A military intelligence patrol found a suspicious device near the town of Adlun,” the army said in an online statement.

“While preparations were being made to inspect it, the Israeli enemy blew it up remotely, killing a civilian who was in the area.”

A Lebanese security official said the dead man was a member of the terror group Hezbollah. The official said Hussein Ali Haidar was dismantling the device planted on the group’s telecommunications network in Adloun village on Friday when it exploded. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.

The army said Israel detonated the device “from a distance” through aircraft flying overhead.

The Israeli military declined to comment.

According to reports in the Israeli media, the surveillance-related device was a listening station near the southern city of Sidon.

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The device was destroyed by an Israeli drone, Ynet quoted Lebanese media as saying.

Lebanon has frequently reported Israeli spying devices being destroyed in the south of the country since its Shiite terror group Hezbollah Israel fought a devastating war in 2006.

More than 100 people accused of spying for Israel have been arrested in Lebanon since April 2009, most of them army members or telecommunications employees.

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