Israel Says It Stopped A Weapons Smuggling Attempt From Lebanon

Israel Says It Thwarted Arms Smuggling Attempt From Lebanon

The Israeli military said on Friday that it had thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons on the border with Lebanon.

“The IDF and police thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons on the border with Lebanon after they spotted, in the early hours of the morning, a suspect transporting a bag from Lebanon in the vicinity of the town of Metula,” an Israeli military spokesman tweeted.

“Then, another suspect came to take the bag from the Israeli side. The army forces carefully tracked and thwarted the smuggling attempt,” Avichay Adraee, the head of the military’s Arab media division, explained in the tweet.

“Our forces arrested the suspect on the Israeli side and seized what was in the bag that contained 12 pistols, and [the suspect] was referred for investigation,” he added.

Notably, this comes around 2 weeks after the Israeli military announced the arrest of several individuals coming from Lebanon carrying bags containing 15 pistols and 36 kilograms of drugs.

It remains unclear who stands behind these operations and whether they are connected.

The Lebanese authorities and UNIFIL have not commented on these incidents, as of the time of writing.