Israel charges Iran shipped arms to Hizbullah on commercial flights

by WorldTribune Staff, November 24, 2016

In a letter to the UN Security Council on Nov. 22, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon cited newly-released intelligence showing Iran’s use of civilian flights to Lebanon to send arms and ammunition to Hizbullah.

Iran rejected as “baseless” the report by Israel’s ambassador to the UN that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) used commercial airliners to Lebanon to ship the weapons to Lebanon.

Iran is said to have used Mahan Air flights to Lebanon to ship arms to Hizbullah.
Iran is said to have used Mahan Air flights to Lebanon to ship arms to Hizbullah.

“Iran is using airlines such as ‘Mahan Air’, to supply Hizbullah with the capacity to enhance its missile arsenal,” Danon wrote in the letter.

“The arms and related materials are packed in suitcases by the Quds Force in Iran and transferred directly to Hizbullah operatives.”

Danon added that the arms are either flown by “commercial flights to Beirut,” or flown to “Damascus and then transferred by land,” to Hizbullah.

The intelligence in questions was not made available nor were the specifics of Iran’s objections.

“The letter, once again, contains a flurry of baseless and unsubstantiated accusations that are leveled against my country without, as usual, a shred of evidence,” Iran’s Deputy UN Ambassador Gholamhossein Dehghani wrote to the Security Council.

He rejected Israel’s “absurd and hypocritical”accusation that Iran has violated UN Security Council resolutions.

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