A notice published by the Lebanese army Tuesday regarding the assassination
on May 25 of the Majzoub brothers in Sidon, revealed apparently new details regarding Israel’s involvement in the hit.
“In the last operation, that targeted the Majzoub brother, the network received a prepared booby-trapped door for their car from Israel. They were equipped with photographic and broadcast devices to be sure the brother did leave their house. A raid of the cell members’ house uncovered sophisticated spying devices. The investigation is ongoing in an attempt to arrest the remaining cell members and decode additional terror activities. The detained will be judged soon,” the statement declared.
Israel has dismissed accusations that it was behind the assassination, which killed senior Islamic Jihad leader in Lebanon Mahmoud Majzoub and his brother Nidal in a car bomb blast.
'Network connected to Israeli Mossad'
The Lebanese army message added: “In continuation of the previous message regarding the exposure of a terror network answering to Israeli intelligence and the arrest of its central members, and in their continued questioning, the Lebanese intelligence authority has discovered those involved in the assassination of the Majzoub brothers.”
“From the intelligence administration’s inquiries, it has become clear that the network has been connected to the Israeli Mossad for a few years. Its members trained in Israel and outside of it, and received their missions from the Mossad. For the purpose of this assassination, the cell was equipped with communication devices and advanced secret observation devices, as well as with detailed maps of locations in Lebanon, phony documents, suitcases with secret compartments,” the statement added.
According to Lebanon, “The cell was headed by Mahmoud Rafeh, who confessed to the assassination as well as to a host of other acts, including the assassination of senior Hizbullah official Ali Hassan Deeb (Abu Hassan Salameh) in 1999; of Ali Salah in 2003; of Jihad Jabril, the son of Ahmad Jabril in Beirut in 2002; planting explosives on the a-Zaharani highway; attempted assassinations of senior Palestinian officials, and more.”