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Israel could strike in Lebanon if Iran renews weapons smuggling

Iran’s suspected intention to launch an aerial smuggling route from Tehran to Beirut, using civilian flights of an airline operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has prompted concern in Israel.
Lebanon's Middle East Airlines planes are parked on the tarmac of Beirut International Airport amid restrictions to combat the coronavirus across the country, Lebanon, March 19, 2020.

Israel’s security system is concerned over attempts by Tehran to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah in Beirut via civilian flights from Tehran, a senior Israeli intelligence official told Al-Monitor this week. 

“This is not a cat and mouse game. It is more a skirmish between a cat and a snake. Both sides have pretty good capabilities and they know each other very well,” the official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, referring to the campaign Israel has been waging over the past decade against extensive Iranian smuggling of arms, ammunition and precision missile components to Hezbollah.

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