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Lebanese security forces arrest photographer over spying for Israel’s Mossad

In this file picture, Lebanese security forces stand guard during a raid in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo by AP)

Lebanon's security forces have arrested a professional Lebanese photographer over spying for Israel’s Mossad spy agency and collaborating with the regime’s authorities through collecting sensitive information and taking pictures of high-profile resistance figures residing in the Arab country.

According to a report published by the Arabic-language al-Akhbar daily newspaper on Monday, the woman, identified as Layal Ramadan, was in close contact with Israeli intelligence officials between 2021 and 2022.

She shot photographs and videos of a house in the Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood of the capital Beirut, which apparently accommodated a senior leader of the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement.

Ramadan also took pictures of houses of Hezbollah members in Dahiyeh, the southern suburbs of Beirut, and sent them to Israeli agents later on.

Al-Akhbar noted that the photographer received 50 dollars for each of her espionage missions.

The daily newspaper went on to say that counter-espionage officers in the General Security Directorate detected in the summer of 2021 suspicious telephone conversations between a Lebanese phone number, whose owner resided in the al-Sanea area of ​​Beirut, and a number of foreign phone numbers.

After months-long follow-ups, it was discovered that the foreign phone numbers belonged to Israeli users, while the Lebanese number was owned by a female photographer born in 1982.

Al-Akhbar explained that Ramadan was a professional photographer, who worked for the Economic and Social Fund for Development (ESFD), which is affiliated with the Council for Development and Reconstruction, and published her photographs on her social media accounts.

Lennon’s intelligence agency arrested the woman on April 5 on suspicion of collaborating with the Israeli regime, and it was found after careful investigations and interrogations that the photographer had sent hundreds of pictures and videos from different areas in Lebanon to Israeli authorities.

The newspaper underscored that the woman’s connection with the Mossad spy agency has been conclusively proven.

She was tried in a military court and handed down a long jail term.

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