Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah denied that the Lebanese group is smuggling weapons through Beirut Port as Israeli officials claimed recently.
During a speech on the 31rst anniversary of Jihad al-Binaa establishment on July 26, Nasrallah said that these false Israeli claims are aimed at challenging Lebanon’s control of the port.
“I deny the Israeli claim that Hezbollah is using Beirut Port to smuggle weapons, this [claim] is aimed at imposing a guardianship on the port, the airport and the border so they could achieve what they failed to do in July war [of 2006],” the Lebanese leader said.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. and the Israeli military had accused Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of smuggling weapons from Iran to Lebanon through several routes, including Beirut Port.
Nasrallah was not the first to reject the Israeli claims. Earlier, a Lebanese official told the al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that these claims are baseless, noting that U.N. forces in Lebanon have the needed authority to inspect any vessel in the country’s water.