In a latest case of espionage involving Hezbollah members, the Lebanese Data Department has documented the confession of Amir Zaghieb, who served as an official within the Nabatieh space and was a part of the digital surveillance unit, in response to Hezbollah-affiliated Al Akhbar newspaper.
In 2016, Zaghieb (born 1997) obtained a nursing diploma from the Rasul Al-Akram Institute and labored at Al-Zahraa College Hospital till 2021. Later, he joined an organization promoting beauty merchandise and barber provides within the southern suburbs of Beirut as a gross sales consultant.
Nonetheless, Zaghieb admitted to working for Israel since 2017 when he utilized for a job marketed on Fb for a cash switch firm. Shortly after making use of, he obtained an e mail explaining the job’s nature, which concerned transferring cash to different people for a fee.
Just a few days later, Zaghieb was contacted by an individual via Fb Messenger, who knowledgeable him that he can be the liaison with the corporate. This particular person transferred $750 to Zaghieb, instructing him to maintain $100 as fee and ship the remaining quantity to particular recipients.
After finishing the duty, the identical particular person requested extra private data from Zaghieb, notably verifying whether or not he lived within the southern suburbs of Beirut. When Zaghieb confirmed his residence in Hay al-Salim, the contact inquired if he would supply details about Hezbollah places in trade for fee. Zaghieb agreed.
Throughout his confession, Zaghieb stated, “The subsequent day, he transferred $2,500 to me. We began chatting on Messenger about thrice every week. He requested me about all my relations, their names, addresses, jobs, and occasion affiliations… He additionally requested concerning the occasion affiliations of my neighborhood and my very own affiliation. Once I advised him that I used to be a member of Hezbollah‘s Instructional Mobilization and was attending a Troopers and Supporters course inside the occasion, he confirmed even larger curiosity…”
The Israeli operative sought data on two residential complexes within the southern suburbs and the house of Sheikh Ali Salim. Though Zaghieb was not a part of the Instructional Mobilization or some other Hezbollah-affiliated physique, he falsely claimed this to realize the operative’s belief and enhance the monetary rewards he may obtain for data.
Zaghieb exaggerated the data to create the phantasm that he knew many particulars, which led to the event and enlargement of the connection and the operative’s calls for.
Zaghieb knowledgeable the investigators that the operative requested him about two residential complexes within the Haret Hreik space with iron boundaries at their entrances, whether or not Hezbollah leaders lived there, and if there have been different entrances.
“I advised him there have been different entrances utilized by occasion members with safety clearance… He then requested me for the names of close by companies and if I may take pictures of the doorway and the intercom field with the residents’ names.
I went there on a bike, noticed the realm, and gave him the names of the companies however didn’t take any footage fearing publicity,” Zaghieb acknowledged.
The detainee additionally revealed that the Israeli operative inquired concerning the places the place Hezbollah holds its celebrations, particularly the Sayyed al-Shuhada advanced, and whether or not there have been different entrances in addition to the principle one. “I advised him there was a hidden, unknown entrance, and he insisted on getting extra particulars about it,” Zaghieb shared.
He was requested about numerous safety checkpoints and boundaries, in addition to whether or not the personnel manning them are armed or not. Amir confirms that the checkpoints usually encompass unarmed personnel on the bottom, supported by armed personnel in parked autos close by.
Amir was additionally tasked with filming particular areas and streets within the southern suburb as dictated by his operator. The operator requested Amir about Hezbollah facilities and affiliated branches within the area.
Amir knowledgeable the operator about cultural and non secular programs held in mosques and different venues affiliated with the occasion.
The operator additionally inquired a couple of hospital, its entrances, and safety personnel, in addition to whether or not there was any tunnel connecting it to a different facility. Amir talked about a tunnel linking the hospital to a coronary heart heart positioned 300 meters away.
The operator additionally inquired about numerous different places, automobile license plates, and different particular particulars associated to native Hezbollah-affiliated spiritual figures.
It was revealed that Amir had publicly accused, on social media, the protestors of the 2019 Lebanese revolution of being “Israeli brokers” – a standard and overused narrative by Hezbollah supporters to discredit critics and opponents.
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