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BEIRUT - A senior Lebanese security official says authorities have detained a German engineer working in Lebanon on suspicion of spying for Israel.

The official says the army raided the "Liban Lait" dairy factory in the eastern Lebanese town of Talia where he worked and detained the man late Monday.

He was being questioned on suspicion of participating in "suspicious activities" and passing on sensitive information to Israel.

The official spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war. Since last year, Lebanese authorities have arrested more than 50 people suspected of collaborating with Israel.

More recently, they have arrested several employees at a cellular company on suspicion of giving information to Israel.

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