An alleged Mossad agent who infiltrated Hezbollah’s upper echelons was identified as Mohammad Shorbah, a senior official in the terror group’s external operations unit, al-Jazeera Lebanon reported Thursday.
Shorbah admitted he was the one to make initial contact with Israel, according to undisclosed Hezbollah sources speaking to the network.
On Tuesday, a report in Lebanese news outlet El-Nashra said Hezbollah recently exposed a senior spy working for the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency within its foreign operations branch, identified only as M. Sh.
A resident of the Southern Lebanese town of Nabatieh, Shorbah held a senior position in Hezbollah’s external operations unit, charged with carrying out foreign attacks, al-Jazeera reported.
The sources said Shorbah was appointed in 2008, following the assassination of movement official Imad Mughniyeh, ostensibly by Israel.
The El-Nashra report said the alleged mega-spy played a role in Mughniyeh’s assassination in Damascus, using an explosive device placed in his car seat, as well as the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan al-Laqis in December 2013.
Mughniyeh’s assassination was considered a major blow to the terror group. Israel has never claimed responsibility, but Hezbollah has blamed Jerusalem for the attack and vowed to take revenge.
According to Kuwaiti daily al-Rai, the alleged Mossad agent was in the past responsible for the personal security of Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah. Since Hezbollah exposed the collaborator, it has also dismissed several other officials from its ranks, the Kuwaiti report said.
Nasrallah is thought to be a top target for Israel and rarely makes public appearances for fear of assassination.
According to the report, Shorbah had been working for Israel for years and succeeded in thwarting a number of Hezbollah operations planned to avenge the assassination of Mughniyeh in February 2008.
Unnamed sources told El-Nashra that the “collaborator,” exposed a few weeks ago, was an official in unit 910, responsible for “external operations against specific Israeli targets.”
The spy worked as a traveling businessman and was recruited by the Mossad in a “western Asian country,” El-Nashra reported.
Lebanon’s security agencies periodically report the exposure of Israeli-recruited agents in the country, as well as of listening devices planted in the south of the country.
According to the original report, Shorbah also exposed other Hezbollah agents, including Mohammed Amadar, arrested in Peru in late October with TNT and detonators following a Mossad tip-off; Hossam Yaacoub, convicted in Cyprus for planning attacks against Israeli tourists in March 2013; and Daoud Farhat and Youssef Ayad, arrested in April 2014 in Bangkok for planning terror attacks against Israeli tourists in Thailand.
There has been no reaction from Israel on the reports.