Israeli security forces opposed an attempt to smuggle dozens of weapons from Lebanon to northern Israel overnight Friday, with police and the Israeli Defense Forces announcing on Saturday that they were investigating whether it was carried out with the help of the Hezbollah terrorist group.
In a statement, police said the 43 weapons and ammunition seized were worth NIS 2.7 million (approximately $ 820,000).
According to Hebrew media reports, it was the largest weapon captured in recent years. There were no reports of arrests.
The smuggling attempt near the village of Ghajar was carried out using both “obvious and covert methods”, the army said without giving further details.
Hezbollah has long maintained control of the area next to the border with Israel and has probably not been unaware of such smuggling operations.
The IDF released video footage that it said was of the smugglers during the incident.
Last month, Israel arrested a suspect and seized a number of weapons during a seemingly similar smuggling attempt.
According to police, a resident of Ein Qiniyye, a Druze village in the Golan Heights, was arrested in a field near the town of Metula, adjacent to the Lebanese border, as he tried to smuggle the supply of weapons into a tractor, under cover of agricultural activity. . In the tractor, the suspect who was found and seized drove 12 pistols worth about half a million shekels ($ 140,000).
Last month, Israeli security forces arrested an Arab Israeli father and son suspected of smuggling large quantities of hashish and firearms to Israel from Lebanon, potentially on behalf of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, according to the military.
The terrorist group is known for funding its activities through the sale of drugs around the world, including producing large quantities of hashish in eastern Lebanon.
Emanuel Fabian and Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.