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Damascus - Syria Says Uncovers Israeli Spy Equipment Near Coast

Published on: March 7, 2013 09:13 AM
By: Reuters
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA,  shows devices that were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March. 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA,  shows devices that were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March. 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)

Damascus - Syria said on Thursday it had uncovered an Israeli spy camera monitoring a “sensitive site” on its Mediterranean coast.

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State television showed pictures of what it said was a camera, six large batteries and transmission gear along with fake rocks used to camouflage the equipment.

It quoted an official source as saying the equipment was found in the last few days at a coastal location not specified, and that the discovery highlighted the role Israel had played in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

It said the camera had relayed pictures in real time and had been used in the service of both Israel and “armed terrorist groups” - the label Syrian officials give to insurgents fighting to topple Assad.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report and made no further comment.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor would not comment on the report of the spy equipment, saying: “We will not be dragged into the Syrian civil war. Not on the verbal or propaganda battlefield, nor on the real one.”

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, devices that appear to be like rocks were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, devices that appear to be like rocks were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)

The equipment shown on Syrian television - and the artificial rocks used to disguise it - closely resembled items seized in Lebanon in recent years that Lebanese authorities said were also used by Israel to monitor movements inside Lebanon.

Syria is engulfed in a civil war which the United Nations says has killed 70,000 people and erupted nearly two years ago with initially peaceful protests against Assad.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, devices that were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, devices that were found in country’s coastal region, northwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Syria's state-run media said were placed by Israel to spy on Syria. SANA’s report says the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data. Syria and Israel are at a state of war and fought several battles over the past. (AP Photo/SANA)


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 Mar 07, 2013 at 10:37 AM lalakishkish Says:

Hahahha. I love these 'stones'. I promise you that they were made to be taken by the Syrians for some good reason!....

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 11:33 AM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Syria has been officially at war with Israel since 1948. It has never recognized the Jewish State. It is currently in a years-long civil war with salafist and Iranian involvement.

The Israeli government would be incompetent and derelict in its duties if it weren't spying

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