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Lebanon Charges Ex-General With Spying for Israel

A Lebanese prosecutor has charged a retired general and three other people with spying for Israel.

Retired Brigadier General Abid al-Aalam, his wife, nephew and a fourth suspect were charged Thursday with providing information to Israel about military and civilian Lebanese and Syrian centers, with the aim of facilitating Israeli attacks.

If convicted, the four could face the death penalty.

Aalam, his wife, Hayat Saloumi and nephew were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of espionage. The fourth suspect remains at large.

Judicial officials say Aalam also is charged with the illegal possession of weapons, and that he and his wife allegedly crossed into Israel without permission.

Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006, which killed 1,200 Lebanese and nearly 160 Israelis.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.