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UN: Israeli Spy Devices Caused Lebanon Blasts.

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A United Nations probe into mysterious blasts in southern Lebanon indicates= Israel had planted spying devices in the area during its war against Kizbu= llah.

The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said its preliminary investigation i= nto two explosions showed they had been caused by the detonation of undergr= ound sensor devices. It said the Israeli military apparently planted these = devices in border towns in 2006.

A Lebanese military source says the spying gadgets exploded when they were = discovered by Lebanese forces in recent days. The blasts occurred in the so= uthern border towns of Houla and Mais al-Jabal.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the devices were booby-trapped = or detonated by remote-control upon discovery. Kizbullah also accused Israe= l of planting the spying devices.

In response, the Israeli army issued a statement late Sunday accusing Kizbu= llah of trying to divert attention from the militant group's violations of = the U.N. resolution that ended their month-long war.

The Shi'ite movement Kizbullah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 that = killed about 1,200 people in Lebanon and 160 in Israel. Israel launched the= assault on Lebanon after Kizbullah captured two Israeli soldiers and kille= d three others in a cross-border raid. Kizbullah fired more than 4,000 rock= ets at Israel during the war.

Intelligence agencies warned against terror attacks planned by Kizbullah ag= ainst Israeli and American targets in Turkey, according to a report publish= ed on the Turkish news website "Haberturk."

According to the report, Kizbullah is looking to attack Israeli tourists, I= sraeli vessels and airplanes, as well as synagogues in Turkey. Citizens are= asked to take the necessary precautions.

In addition, Turkish police warned its units in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir,= saying Kizbullah might have already gathered intelligence ahead of a possi= ble attack on Israeli and American institutions in the three major cities.

According to the website, the attacks are planned in retaliation for the as= sassination of Kizbullah commander Imad Mugniyah in February 2008, and are = masterminded by a man identified as Abbas Hossein Zakr on behalf of Kizbull= ah.

Israeli security and diplomatic sources were briefed on the threats followi= ng a request made by Ynet, and have yet to comment on the reports.

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