Mysterious self-destructing devices found at Lebanon-Israel border

One of the devices

One of the devices

Lebanese authorities have revealed the discovery last week of three communications interception devices near the Israel-Lebanon border. Interestingly, two of the devices self-destructed by exploding as Lebanese security personnel were approaching. Members of the Lebanese Armed Forces decided to detonate a third device, fearing that it too might explode at any moment. The three devices were attached to a telecommunications cable on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese village of Houla. Israeli officials have so far refused to address the accusation of the Lebanese government that the devices were planted by Israeli spies. However, the discovery of similar devices near the Syrian-Israeli border two years ago is seen by intelligence observers as strong evidence of a possible Israeli connection. Most believe the devices were planted during the 2006 Lebanon War, but Hezbollah is considering the possibility that they were deployed later on, possibly as recently as 2008. For in-depth intelNews coverage on the secret telecommunications wars in the Middle East, see here.

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