Lebanon's Hezbollah detains 'Israeli spy' in its ranks

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement take part in a parade on November 4, 2014 in Beirut's southern suburbs, where Mohammad Shawraba livedLebanon’s Hezbollah has detained a senior party official it accused of spying for Israel and “sabotaging security operations” abroad, a source close to the movement said on Thursday. “Three months ago, Hezbollah’s security apparatus detained a man named Mohammad Shawraba, who is a collaborator in its ranks,” said the source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity. Hezbollah’s investigation of Shawraba, who comes from the southern Lebanese town of Mahruna, revealed he had been working with Israel’s Mossad intelligence service since 2007, the source said. Hezbollah, the powerful Shiite movement whose opponents accuse it of being a “state within a state” in Lebanon, has refused to comment on the arrest.

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