Wed, 01 Dec 2021

JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces said on Saturday that they have thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs and weapons from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

Israeli troops on patrol observed suspects carrying bags from Lebanon into Israel at midnight between Friday and Saturday in Metula, a northern Israeli city near the Israeli-Lebanese border, Israel's military said in a statement.

Soldiers and police officers were dispatched to the scene and confiscated two pistols and 21 bags containing nine kg of drugs worth approximately 350,000 new shekels (109,171 U.S. dollars), the military added.

The Israel Defense Forces is investigating if the smuggling attempt was linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah group, according to the military statement.

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