Lebanon, UN mission open probe into Israeli claim of foiled weapons smuggling

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese authorities have opened an investigation into an Israeli claim that it has thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons from Lebanon to Israel, a Lebanese security source told Xinhua on Friday.

The Israeli army informed the UNIFIL that it arrested a suspect who tried to pick a bag containing 12 pistols left in a spot in the Lebanese border town of Khiyam facing the Israeli settlement of Motella, the source said on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, an Israeli infantry force, backed by armored vehicles, carried out on Friday a wide combing operation along the border fence separating Lebanon and Israel around the perimeter of Motella, while the Lebanese army, in coordination with UNIFIL, monitored the Israeli force until it withdrew from the border fence.

The border line between Lebanon and Israel extends about 120 km and witnesses occasional tension between the two countries’ armies.