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Israel Claims Hezbollah Smuggling Weapons, Missile Manufacturing Materials Through Beirut Port

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The Israeli military has accused Hezbollah of smuggling weapons and missile manufacturing materials through Beirut Port.

Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, accused Hezbollah of threatening Lebanon’s security by smuggling such dangerous materials into the country in cooperation with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

“Unfortunately, the border crossings with Syria, Beirut International Airport and the port of Beirut are used to transfer materials from the Iranian Quds Force [an IRGC unit] to Hezbollah,” Adraee wrote on Twitter on July 24.

The spokesman also shared an infographic showing three routes, which Hezbollah is allegedly using to smuggle weapons and missile manufacturing materials from Iran to Lebanon.

Israel Claims Hezbollah Smuggling Weapons, Missile Manufacturing Materials Through Beirut Port

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An unnamed Lebanese security source denied Adraee’s claims and noted that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL) has full authority to inspect any ship in Lebanon’s waters under the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

“Beirut Port as well as the Rafic Hariri [Beirut] International Airport are 100% under control,” the source told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

These new accusations went in the framework of Israel’s policy towards Lebanon. Earlier this year, Paris allegedly warned Beirut that the Israeli military could strike Hezbollah missile sites. The warning was met with a strict repose from the Lebanese party, that vowed to react to any attack.

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