Mahmoud Abou Rafeh

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Mahmoud Abou Rafeh

Mahmoud Abou Rafeh is a Lebanese police officer accused of running a spy ring on behalf of Israel.


On 10 June 2006 the Lebanese army arrested members of an alleged Israeli spy ring, including Mahmoud Rafeh, his wife, and two children.[1] Police discovered bomb-making materials, code machines and other espionage equipment in his home.[1] Rafeh reportedly confessed to the Majzoub killings and to working for Mossad,[2] and admitted that his cell had assassinated two Hezbollah leaders in 1999 and 2003 and the son of Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, in 2002.[3] Prominent Lebanese politician and lead Cedar-Revolutionist Walid Jumblatt, a then-outspoken critic of Hezbollah, suspected that the exposure of the spy ring was a Hezbollah fabrication.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Blanford, Nicholas (2006-06-15). "Lebanon exposes deadly Israeli spy ring". The Times UK. Retrieved 14 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Lebanon arrests key suspect in Islamic Jihad assassination". Ya Libnan. 2006-06-11. Archived from the original on 11 November 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Murr: Israeli aircraft detonated the car bomb in Sidon". Ya Libnan. 2006-06-16. Archived from the original on 11 November 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2006.