Israel Busts Hezbollah Smuggling Ring

A cache of seized guns / AP

A cache of seized guns / AP

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Israeli security agents took down a Hezbollah smuggling ring and arrested four Arab-Israelis working with Hezbollah in Lebanon to bring drugs and weapons over the border.

The smuggling ring may have been working to counter Israel’s mission against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.

The arrests occurred in July, but have just been disclosed by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet.

The Tower rounds up details of the case:

The Daily Star conveyed a statement from the Shin Bet to the effect that weapons smuggled from Lebanon had the potential to be used to conduct terror attacks inside Israel, amid Jerusalem’s nearly two-month-long hot conflict with Hamas, which had earlier this month boasted that it was looking to the Lebanese terror group to destabilize Israel’s northern border.

Ha’aretz reported that the “operation was part of a larger scheme” that would see the “drug dealers smuggling weapons over the border into Israel from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.”