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Hezbollah: Israeli devices targeted party’s telecoms network
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BEIRUT/SRIFA, Lebanon: Hezbollah displayed over the weekend what it said was the Israeli spying device that caused a large explosion in south Lebanon Friday.

On Hezbollah’s Al-Manar satellite television station, images of the device showed several monitoring devices connected to each other by wire.

Hezbollah claimed that the spying device had been uncovered by its operatives before it had been detonated remotely by Israel. The party disputed initial claims that two people had been injured in the blast.

According to the station, a large espionage device had been concealed underground close to the southern villages of Srifa and Deir Kifa, and had been used to infiltrate Hezbollah’s telecommunications network to relay information back to Israeli occupied Shebaa farms.

Lebanese Army intelligence personnel continued Sunday their investigation into the blast with the help of Hezbollah and UNIFIL. The army cordoned off the area of the blast site, reportedly for fear that other Israeli spying devices had been set up to explode nearby.

A UNIFIL spokesperson told The Daily Star that the precise cause of the explosion Friday was still unknown.

Chairman of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sayyed Hashem Saifeddine said over the weekend that their discovery of the spying device was “evidence of the vigilance of the resistance and of the vigilance of its citizens.”

Saifeddine added that the incident proved Hezbollah was not dropping its guard as events in Syria continued to distract Lebanon.

“The resistance has confirmed that it is always present to defend Lebanon,” he said.

“If some thought that the events in the region are distracting the resistance and its duty, they are mistaken.”

Hezbollah also uncovered Israeli spying equipment last December, which prompted a complaint to the U.N. over what Lebanon claimed was a violation of Security Council Resolution 1701.  

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 05, 2011, on page 2.
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