More Israeli spies surface in Lebanon

May 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 26 (UPI) -- Lebanese military prosecutors charged three Lebanese nationals, including military officials, with spying for Israel in a growing intelligence network.

Lebanese authorities have uncovered scores of Lebanese military officials allegedly serving as agents for the Israeli spy network Mossad.

The latest charges bring the total number of Lebanese nationals convicted of spying for Israel to 21. At least 30 were arrested in the past three months.

Lebanese prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged three men -- Ahmed Shibli, Jeryis Elias Farah and Jean Farah -- in the latest development.

The Naharnet news service says several other merchants who ran businesses in Israeli border towns were arrested on spy charges.

Lebanese Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi had said the series of arrests were "the strongest strike against the Israeli Mossad."

Lebanese officials suggested the spies were not operating collectively inside Lebanon but had support from parties outside of the country.

Several mid-ranking Lebanese officials were detained in recent months on suspicion of working with the Israelis to monitor the activity of the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The arrests come as the Israeli military plans operations for May 31 along the border with Lebanon.

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