Tag Archive for weapons smuggling

Israel Navy Destroys Weapons-Smuggling Vessel on Gaza Coast

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 »

Israeli-Arab Drug Ring Arrested for Aiding Hezbollah

Israel Police & the Shabak reveled how Arab drug dealers from northern Israel built ties with Hezbollah terrorists, who exploited the Israelis to smuggle their drugs & weapons.

By Yaakov Levi


Israel Police and the Shabak (Israel Security Service) announced Thursday that it had arrested several Arab-Israelis who are accused of aiding and abetting Hezbollah terrorists. The investigation into the detainees went on for several months, and they were arrested on July 27, the announcement said.

Hezbollah parade in Lebanon (file) – Photo: Reuters

The investigation was originally designed to uncover the massive drug pushing that the suspects were involved in. Continue Reading »

UN REPORT: Experts Connect the ‘Klos C’ weapons ship to Iran

UN panel concludes that the shipment of weapons & explosives seized by the Israel Navy in March originated in Iran and was destined to Sudan, not Gaza.

By Reuters


A UN expert panel has concluded that a shipment of rockets and other weapons that was seized by Israel came from Iran and represents a violation of the UN arms embargo on Tehran, according to a confidential report obtained by Reuters on Friday.

The Klos C being escorted by Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos - Courtesy IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Klos C being escorted by Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos – Courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The finding comes just days ahead of the next round of negotiations in Vienna between Iran and six world powers aimed at securing a deal that would gradually lift international sanctions on Tehran – including the arms embargo – in exchange for curbs on the controversial Iranian nuclear program. Continue Reading »

Syrian weapons transferred to Hezbollah during latest Gaza conflict


The Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan reported Saturday that Hezbollah received a shipment of medium-range missiles and other advanced weapons from Syria during the most recent round of violence a week and a half ago in the Gaza Strip, during which over 100 rockets were fired at Israel.

Syrian President Bashar Assad with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah [Archive] – Photo: AP

According to the report, Syria and Hezbollah exploited cloudy weather and the fact that the Israeli military had diverted its focus southward to retaliate against the rocket barrage from Gaza. Continue Reading »

Sudan says it foiled local spy-ring for Israel


According to a Sudanese reports, local informants gave Israel intel that facilitated in air-strike on Sudan in 2009 and again in 2012.



Sudan said Saturday night that it has arrested a ring of informants working on behalf of Israeli intelligence.

Sudan explosion

Fire engulfs Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012. – Photo: Reuters

According to local reports, the Sudanese agents provided Israel with information that facilitated a 2009 attack on a weapons convoy and an airstrike on an arms factory in Khartoum in October 2012.


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Israeli Navy forces enter Eilat Port 3 days after intercepting ship of Iranian arms


The INS Hetz & INS Hanit docked at Eilat’s port after successfully executing operation ‘Full Disclosure’ to intercept & take custody of weapons shipment from Iran to Gaza via Sudan.

By Yoav Zitun


Israeli Navy ships INS Hanit and INS Hetz arrived at the Eilat Port Saturday afternoon after accompanying the Iranian weapons ship Klos C to Israeli shores. The ship was captured early Wednesday morning ferrying Iranian-made M-302 rockets bound for the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship (Photo: EPA)

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship – Photo: EPA

The Iranian arms ship Klos C will dock in the southern city’s civilian port later Saturday. Continue Reading »

Behind the scenes & IDF preparations to seize Iran weapons ship


UAV, riot gear, advanced medical facilities & full documentation of events: the IDF Command has learned lessons from the Mavi Marmara incident.

By Yoav Zitun



‘Operation Full Disclosure’

There may be an air of festivity among the defense establishment in Israel over the successful operation to seize an Iranian weapons ship. But the way back to Israel is still perilous for the troops escorting the Klos C, captured Tuesday night 1,500 km from Israel’s shores.

The Klos C being escorted by Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos - Courtesy IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Klos C being escorted by Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos – Courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The IDF has not yet ruled out the chances of an attack on the flotilla of Israel Navy gunships accompanying the Klos-C on its journey to port in Eilat. Continue Reading »

IDF intercepts Iranian ship capturing advanced rockets sent to Gaza



IDF elite navy unit raided the Iranian vessel in daring open sea operation, capturing Iranian made long-range missiles that were en route to Sudan.

By Yoav Zitun



Israel seized an Iranian ship carrying advanced weapons destined for Gaza on Tuesday night and towed it to Eilat port, the IDF said Wednesday. Elite troops from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel.

The Klos C

The Klos C – Photo source: Ynet

The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km. Continue Reading »

Arab Weapons Smugglers Busted in Palestinian Town By Israel Police

Border Guard police along with police from Maaleh Adumim discovered a weapons cache in the PA-controlled village of Azariya, just outside of Jerusalem.

By Ari Yashar


Police officers from Maaleh Adumim and border police have discovered an illegal weapons cache in the Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled village of Azariya, located off Highway 1, several minutes outside of Jerusalem on the way to Maaleh Adumim.

Captured weapons from Azariya smuggling – Police Spokesperson Unit

During the police search, components of various weapons models were found, along with tools to clean and equip them, as well as ammunition consisting of over 100 bullets of different types. Continue Reading »

Are Palestinian Embassies Fronts for Europe’s Weapons Smuggling Operation?

Unnamed Czech Officials: The explosion in home of killed Palestinian envoy exposed illegal weapons cache that could be the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ of an European weapons smuggling ring.




A weapons cache that exploded inside a locked safe at the site of the future Palestinian Authority embassy in Prague was entirely unregistered, and the illegal cache may be just the tip of the iceberg of a Europe-wide weapons smuggling ring, according to Czech officials. The sources made the allegation in interviews with Czech-language Aktualne.cz, which were translated by the Elder of Ziyon blog.

weapons - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

weapons (illustrative) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

According to available information, 70 firearms, unregistered by Czech authorities, were found in the future embassy building, in Prague 6-Suchdol, after an explosion killed Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal last week. Continue Reading »

Report: Teheran has Assad smuggling weapons to Hezbollah via Iraq


The weapons transfer through Iraqi airports is done to avoid Israeli air strike on weapons convoys traveling from Syria to Lebanon.





Iran and Syria are reportedly smuggling weapons to Hezbollah through Iraqi airports, to avoid IDF attacks on weapons convoys crossing the border from Syria to Lebanon, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah reported.

Iranian weapons intercepted by Israeli commandos

Iranian weapons intercepted by Israeli commandos – Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

According to the report, this method of smuggling arms has been agreed on by the two sides two months ago.

A source in the Iraqi ruling party told the paper that while senior Iraqi officials aide Tehran and Damascus in smuggling weapons to Hezbollah, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is unaware of it. Continue Reading »

Israel Police Arrest 18 in Israeli-Arab Weapons Ring

Israel Police bust ring of 18 young men from the Israeli Arab town of Kfar Kassem for smuggling Palestinian weapons into Israel.
By Maayana Miskin


Police swept into the Israeli Arab city of Kfar Kassem in central Israel early on Sunday morning and arrested 18 people in connection with a weapons smuggling ring.

weapons collection (illustrative) - IsraelandStuff/PP

weapons cache (illustrative) – IsraelandStuff/PP

Border police were involved in the operation, which followed an investigation into illegal weapons trade in the area.

Sixteen of those arrested are men in their 20s, and an additional two are minors, police said. Additional arrests are expected.

The suspects are accused of having smuggled weapons into Israel from Palestinian Authority-controlled territories in Judea and Samaria (Shomron). Continue Reading »

Syrian Regime Smugling Weapons via Tunnels to Hizbullah

A Saudi newspaper has reported the Syrian gov’t is smuggling their chemical weapons to Hizbullah using tunnels.

By Adam Ross



A Saudi newspaper has claimed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is using tunnels to smuggle chemical weapons to Hizbullah.

Hezbollah flag – AFP photo

The report by the Al-Watan daily said the regime had made the move to avoid being  spotted,  moving the deadly weapons before the arrival of int’l inspectors.

Last week, the Syrian regime agreed to a Russian brokered deal to hand over its chemical weapons stock to the international community amid the threat of a U.S. strike on the country. Continue Reading »

UN Warns Libyan Weapons Smuggled to Gaza & Syria

A U.N. panel reports weaponry from Libya is spreading “at an alarming rate” across North Africa to Gaza & Syria.

By Chana Ya’ar



A United Nations panel says weaponry from Libya is spreading across North Africa to Gaza and Syria “at an alarming rate.”

The five-expert committee said in a 94-page report sent Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council that illegal transfers of arms from Libya to armed groups and terrorists have been proven.

The arms trafficking violations involved more than 12 countries and included light and heavy ordnance, such as portable air defense systems, mines, explosive materials, ammunition and small arms. Continue Reading »

Iranian ship with thousands of weapons seized by Egyptian navy


According to Egypt’s Interior Ministry, the weapons & ammunition were likely earmarked for extremist Salafist groups operating in the Sinai & for Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.

Ten crewmen of various nationalities were taken into custody.

By Daniel Siryoti, Dan Lavie, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff

Egyptian naval forces seized an Iranian ship carrying tens of thousands of weapons, likely earmarked for Palestinian terrorist groups and extremist Salafist groups operating in Sinai, as it entered Egyptian territorial waters in the Red Sea late on Wednesday, an Egyptian military spokesman said on Thursday.

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