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Israel is suspected of hacking into Lebanon’s telephone network. (Reuters)

Beirut – Lebanon’s telecommunications agency, OGERO, announced on Friday that Israel may have been responsible for the suspicious telephone calls thousands of citizens had received during a speech delivered by “Hezbollah” leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday.

It said in a statement: “Several citizens in various regions (around 10,000 telephone numbers) received suspicious calls through a very advanced method to hack the telephone network from outside the country.”

Investigations revealed that these calls came from France, Italy, Syria, Iraq and other countries. The incoming telephone number was manipulated to appear as it if was being made from a Lebanese landline.

“We believe that the Israeli enemy is being these suspicious calls and such an incident had occurred during the 2006 Israeli aggression,” added the state-owned OGERO.

“The Ministry of Telecommunications and OGERO will continue to investigate the issue until all details of the Israeli piracy are revealed so that the necessary technical measures and procedures are taken” in order to prevent such a hack from taking place again in the future, stressed the statement.