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Israeli spy activities in Lebanon surge, as Arab country arrests more suspects amid economic crisis

Mariam Saleh
Press TV, Beirut

Lebanon has arrested 185 people suspected of working for the Israeli spy agency since October 2019, when the Arab country was battered by a severe financial and economic crisis. 

Speaking to the AFP news agency on Wednesday, two Lebanese security sources said that the number of arrests has increased dramatically from a previous average of four or five arrests a year, as the Israeli spy activities in Lebanon surge.

According to one of the sources, hitherto, out of the 185 people arrested since 2019, 165 have been prosecuted and 25 convicted and sentenced.

The economic collapse in Lebanon has taken its toll on the country in many ways, but it seems that it’s not the only reason for treason in the Middle Eastern country. Several collaborators admitted that they continued their collaboration with the Mossad out of sheer opposition to the resistance.

Political analysts believe that recruiting spies by the Israeli regime will continue since a military option is not on the table.

Although Lebanon remains technically in a state of war with Israel, there has been no direct confrontation between the two sides since 2006. Nevertheless, Israel’s espionage activities have never ceased.

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