With Hezbollah’s annual budget of nearly $1 billion, the sanctions that the Trump administration issued this year against the Shite organization’s money men, as well as Iran, have caused such a devastating economic crisis it forced Nasrallah to declare “economic jihad” about six months ago. – Since Hezbollah is the 2nd-largest employer in Lebanon, after the government, can Hezbollah’s funds be cut off without affecting the entire Lebanese economy?
In a picture that could have been taken from a PR notice for the series “Narcos,” a man who knows the good life is sitting on a pile of dollar bills, a cigar in hand, looking like he’s enjoying himself. Continue Reading »
Mostly in conjunction with the Egyptians, Israel’s Air Force has regularly destroyed convoys carrying missiles, weapons, and high explosive materials that were being transferred across Egypt by dealers in Libya to the Islamic Jihad & Hamas in Gaza.
In recent months, Israel has bombed several trucks in the Egyptian Sinai carrying weapons and missiles bound for militant groups in the Gaza Strip, sources told i24NEWS.
Palestinian sources said that from November last year until the end of May, the Israeli Air Force has targeted three trucks, including one carrying a shipment of Iranian missiles bound for the Islamic Jihad discovered in March. Continue Reading »
In this joint IDF, Shin Bet operation, night-vision aerial reconnaissance film shows 2 vessels with 4 Hamas operatives intercepted, foiling their attempt to smuggle materials into Gaza, meant for the manufacture of rockets that would be fired on Israeli cities.
The IDF thwarted an attempt to smuggle materials, meant for manufacturing rockets, into the Gaza Strip in early May, The army released for publication Friday morning.
Two Palestinian vessels entered the forbidden area in the southern Gaza Strip on May 11, in violation of the security regulations and the armistice directives. The navy seized the vessels and the four suspects on them were transferred to interrogation of security forces. Continue Reading »
Israel maintains its non-intervention policy in the Syrian civil war, but does assert how it will not permit Iran to entrench itself in the country once the conflict is over, since the Iranian leadership provides military weapons to al-Assad and Hezbollah, where it’s transferred into Lebanon as well.
The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida was told by undisclosed sources that “Israel has drawn up a list of targets within Iraqi territory, in preparation for a strike, claiming that they are Iranian military sites used to transport weapons and equipment to Syria.”
Al-Jarida said it obtained from the same sources exclusive aerial photographs taken in the past two months showing the targets Israel intends to hit, including Iraq-Iran border crossings.
With the cooperation of the French gov’t, Israel’s Shin Bet security operatives arrest a French driver and Palestinian guard, both employed by the French Consulate in Jerusalem, for smuggling automatic assault rifles and hand guns from Hamas in Gaza to terrorists in the West Bank using a vehicle with French diplomatic plates.
By Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner
Two employees of the French Consulate in east Jerusalem—a driver and his security guard—were arrested by Israeli authorities last month on suspicion of using a vehicle with diplomatic plates to smuggle weapons from Hamas in Gaza to the West Bank, the Shin Bet said Monday. Continue Reading »
Ending the months-long operation by the Israel Police, Shin Bet and the IDF, 9 men are arrested in Nablus, finally dismantling a vast smuggling network that used mail-ordered combat equipment to supply terrorist cells in Gaza & the West Bank.
By Yoav Zitun
An operation to bring down a weapon parts and combat accessories smuggling network was finished Tuesday night as the IDF, Shin Bet, Israel Police and customs stormed the last operating shop in Nablus, seizing illegally smuggled equipment and arresting the shop owner.
Seized M-16 magazines – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The smuggling network ran by ordering the equipment online from undisclosed countries to the Ashdod port by ship, and from there, sending it by mail or some other legitimate delivery system to a recipient in either Balata or Casbah refugee camps in Nablus. Continue Reading »
Israel’s envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, sent an urgent letter to the Security Council, “The Iranian Al-Quds Force packs weapons, ammunition and missile technology to Hezbollah in suitcases and puts them on Mahan Air flights.”
By DANA SOMBERG/MAARIV HASHAVUA
Iran is smuggling weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah through commercial flights from the Islamic Republic to Lebanon, according to intelligence information revealed by Israel’s UN ambassador to the Security Council, which was cleared for publication on Tuesday.
UN Ambassador Danny Danon sent an urgent letter to the Security Council members in which he revealed the smuggling route from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Hezbollah: “The Iranian Al-Quds Force packs weapons, ammunition and missile technology to Hezbollah in suitcases and puts them on Mahan Air flights.” Continue Reading »
WATCH: The small craft, disguised as a Palestinian ‘fishing vessel,’ was intercepted by IDF naval forces off Gaza’s coast and fired upon after the two suspicious occupants jumped in the water to swim for shore, instead of stopping for inspection. – Secondary explosions from the weapons on board completely destroyed the small speedboat.
A Palestinian boat disguised as a fishing vessel was caught on camera by the IDF while attempting to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip before eventually being destroyed.
The boat was observed departing from the southern Gaza Strip and heading towards the Sinai. Several days later, the ship suspiciously reappeared with the rear of the vessel weighed down by cargo. Continue Reading »
Terror groups underwent a serious setback with the closing of 16 underground weapons manufacturing workshops, and IDF’s seizure of 200 weapons, ammunition & grenades that Palestinian terrorists would have used in future attacks on Israelis.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Israeli army has closed 16 Arab weapons factories in Judea and Samaria in a major crackdown an IDF officer said on Tuesday.
“As part of our war against the production of homemade weapons, we have seized 200 weapons, ammunition and grenades and closed 16 illegal workshops since early 2016,” Colonel Roman Gofman said.
In a conference call with reporters, he said the campaign also targeted Palestinian shops selling firecrackers, which can be used to make grenades and improvised explosive devices.
A Soviet-made anti-aircraft gun, most likely taken out of Libya, was seen in Gaza last week at a Hamas military parade.
By David Rosenberg
The Hamas terror group is acquiring anti-aircraft weaponry, the Al-Masdar news agency reported on Monday.
A Soviet-built Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 anti-air heavy machine gun was reportedly spotted during a Hamas military parade in Gaza last week.
The weapon is believed to have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip via the Sinai Peninsula by ISIS cells operating in the area. If confirmed, this would validate suspicions of expanding cooperating between Hamas and ISIS cells in the Sinai. Continue Reading »
Having attacked the Egyptian army last summer after they intercepted an arms cache in route to the Gaza smuggling-tunnels, ISIS took the illegal weapons – but told Hamas the supply had been destroyed in their attack on the Egyptian Army.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
An Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated group may have taken the upper hand in the ongoing struggle for power in the Sinai desert and Gaza, a report revealed Monday.
The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamists since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Continue Reading »
The closing of the weapons trafficking began ten days ago when the lead suspect, an Israeli Arab, was arrested carrying 3 pistols, an AK-47 automatic assault rifle, ammunition & various weapon parts.
By Shoshana Miskin
Ten days ago, Police of the Judea and Samaria District arrested a 45-year-old Israeli Arab resident of Shu’fat in Jerusalem, as part of an investigation that dealt with allegations of weapons trafficking.
The suspect was caught in the possession of a bag which contained three handguns, an AK-47 rifle, ammunition and various weapons parts.
The arrest was made following an investigation which was conducted by the Central Unit of the Judea and Samaria District, that dealt with a large scale weapons trafficking. Continue Reading »
4 Palestinian ‘fishermen’ are missing with a ship destroyed, in latest example of Hamas’s ‘marine intifada’ as IDF continues its blockade on weapons smuggling.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Gaza’s “marine intifada” has escalated further, AFP reports Monday, after the Israeli navy apprehended six fishermen who were smuggling weapons into Gaza from Egypt.
The Israeli navy fired on two boats off the coast, officials from the Hamas run security services told the news agency, leaving two fishermen wounded and four missing. It was not immediately clear whether the four had been arrested, the officials added.
The Israeli military confirmed that naval fire had destroyed one boat it said had been involved in smuggling, but had no information about the four fishermen reported missing. Continue Reading »
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