Lebanon arrests Mossad agent over car bomb attack against Hamas official

Lebanon’s army says it had arrested a suspected agent of Israel’s spy agency Mossad over a car bomb explosion in the country’s southern city of Sidon, which slightly wounded a member of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, last year.

The Lebanese Army Intelligence Directorate said in a statement on Tuesday that Hussein Ahmad Batto was captured on January 21 in the Sharhabeel area of Sidon, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the capital, Beirut.

The statement added that Batto reportedly admitted that he had been under Mossad’s employment since 2014.

“[Batto] met his employers outside Lebanon, and was handed equipment and devices specifically for monitoring and communication.

“He also admitted to monitoring (Mohammed) Hamdan since the summer the 2017, and that he located his residence, followed his movements and transferred the gathered information to his employers,” the statement pointed out.

Lebanon's army further noted that Mossad ordered Batto to leave Lebanon on January 23, 2018.

“He stayed outside the country for three months and returned based on their request,” the statement said, adding that Lebanese army forces had seized a large number of electronic devices from the Israeli agent.

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