On Saturday, the Intelligence Gathering Division of the Lebanese State Security announced in an official statement that it has arrested three members of an Israel Mossad cell in Lebanon over the last few days.
Wikipedia: Mossad is the national intelligence agency of Israel. It is one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security).
According to the Intelligence Gathering Division, the Mossad cell worked between Bourj el-Barajneh municipality in the southern suburbs of Beirut city and Deir Koubel village in Aley District of Mount Lebanon.
“The security operation begin by arresting two suspects in Bourj el-Barajneh and Hadath, and resumed in Friday night when a third suspect was arrested in Deir Koubel village,” the official statement of Lebanese State Security said.
One of the three suspects names is Abbas. S, a teacher. He confessed that he worked for the Israeli Mossad and said that he did it for “fun”, according to the official statement. The Lebanese Authorities sized computers and other electronic devices that was found in Abbas’s house.
The official statement confirmed that all three members of the cell are Lebanese citizens. Moreover, the statement revealed that the handler of the cell who lives in Israel is also a Lebanese citizen. According to the statement, the mission of the cell was to “collecting information about the resistance [Hezbollah] fighters, its centers and positions”.
The Lebanese State Security hinted in its official statement that it arrested many other Lebanese citizens who work for the Israel Mossad lately.
Meanwhile, local Lebanese sources revealed that the full name of the cell leader is Abbas Salamah, and even published a photo of him in social media.
العميل الذي ألقي القبض عليه في برج البراجنة ويدعى “عباس مصطفى سﻻمة”وفي التحقيق معه تبين أنه كان يعمل لدى اﻹستخبارات اﻹسرائيلية pic.twitter.com/BwmXTrVoTE
— nouralhadi (@nouralhadi2) 6 October 2017
The Israeli Mossad Intelligence agency has been highly active in Lebanon since the beginning of the Lebanese civil war in 1975. It’s believed that the Mossad has been responsible for many assassinations and sabotage operations that targeted many Lebanese and Palestinians political parties and officials inside Lebanon since 1975.