Lebanese Authorities Arrest Israeli Spy Cell at Beirut Airport
In a significant development, Lebanese authorities announced on Friday the arrest of a spy cell working for the Israeli enemy at Beirut Airport. The cell, comprised of two individuals attempting to leave Lebanon, was apprehended by General Security. Brig. Gen. Elias Al-Baysari, the acting director general of General Security, stated that the individuals had connections with the enemy and were assigned missions within the country. The identities, nationalities, affiliations, and specific missions of the arrested individuals have not been disclosed. However, investigations are ongoing to uncover further individuals involved in this espionage network.
Preserving security is a top priority for Lebanon, and compromising it is not an option under any circumstances. General Security is committed to maintaining security, combating terrorism, and pursuing networks working for the Israeli enemy. Lebanese security agencies are actively pursuing attempts to recruit agents for Israel on Lebanese soil.
General Security also issued a warning to citizens about the dangers of using applications without knowing their source or location. They urged people not to follow online pages and unreliable accounts or download suspicious applications, particularly the Momondo application associated with an office located in Tel Aviv. This cautionary message aims to protect individuals from potential espionage activities.
In addition to its efforts in combating espionage, General Security has also made significant contributions to fighting criminal activity. Al-Baysari highlighted the successful arrest of one of the most dangerous figures in the Italian Mafia, reflecting the organization’s commitment to crime prevention and international cooperation.
The issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been taken seriously by General Security since 2012. The organization has requested accurate information to regulate their presence in Lebanon without conditions, as it is part of the country’s sovereignty. General Security is responsible for the security of every foreign resident on its land and has conveyed its demands to the UN. Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, and their team have supported these efforts. General Security is currently in the process of obtaining the requested data, which will be treated confidentially and in accordance with international treaties.
Regarding data sharing and protection, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Lebanese General Security have agreed to form a technical committee that follows international standards. This committee will address issues related to data sharing, registration, and other important aspects, ensuring the protection of refugees and adherence to international law.
Amidst the worsening economic crisis in Lebanon, the government has taken steps to stabilize the exchange rate and support public sector employees. Wassim Mansouri, the acting governor of Lebanon’s central bank, announced that public sector salaries for August would be paid in US dollars at an exchange rate of 85,500 pounds per US dollar. This move aims to inject dollars into the market, benefiting 400,000 families and enhancing social stability. Additionally, an agreement has been reached to meet the foreign currency needs of the army and security forces without impacting foreign currency reserves. However, Mansouri emphasized that the central bank’s ability to maintain monetary stability is contingent upon the cooperation of the government and parliament.
The arrest of the Israeli spy cell at Beirut Airport demonstrates Lebanon’s commitment to national security and its determination to combat espionage activities. General Security’s efforts in preserving security, fighting crime, and addressing the issue of Syrian refugees reflect its dedication to maintaining stability within the country. With ongoing investigations and cooperation with international entities, Lebanon is taking proactive measures to safeguard its sovereignty and protect its citizens.