On June 22, the Lebanese military announced in an official statement that one of its units uncovered and dismantled an Israeli spying device in Shebaa farms in southern Lebanon in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL). The Lebanese military is currently discussing this development with the UNIFL, which is tasked with monitoring the separation line between Israel and Lebanon, according to the statement.
The Hezbollah media wing revealed that the Israeli devising was an advance communication system, but didn’t provided further info about its tasks. The system was likely planted inside Lebanon by Israeli special forces or by agents of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, that usually plant such devices in Syria and Lebanon.
Last year, the Lebanese military and Hezbollah uncovered several Israeli systems, including two electro-optical spying systems in the districts of Western Beqaa and Hasbaya. In 2013, a similar Israeli system was discovered by the Syrian intelligence in a small island off the shores of the coastal city of Tartus.
Since the beginning of the Syrian war, the Israeli intelligence has expanded its operations in Lebanon and Syria in an attempt to collect more information about Hezbollah, which is deeply involved in the war. Such spying devices are one of the main sources of information for agencies like Mossad and the Military Intelligence Directorate (Aman) of the Israeli military.