The son-in-law of assassinated Iran Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani is smuggling weapons from Iran to its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah using civilian flights via Syria, the IDF said on Friday, warning that the practice endangers civilians at Damascus airport.
In a series of tweets, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee detailed the operation, which he said is overseen by Sayyed Reza Hashim Safi a-Din, who is married to the daughter of Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in January 2020.
Sayyed is the son of Hashim Safi a-Din, head of Hezbollah’s executive council and touted by some in the terror group as a potential heir to its current leader Hassan Nasrallah.
“As part of his role, Hashim Safi a-Din monitors Hezbollah’s activities with the Shiite population, communicates with prominent figures in Lebanon, and oversees media relations,” Adraee wrote.
“His son Reza Safi a-Din is married to the daughter of Qassem Suleimani, and visits Iran several times a month, where his wife lives,” Adraee said.
During his time there, he coordinates the smuggling of advanced weaponry to the terror group “using the infrastructure, resources and a network of activists he heads,” the spokesperson said.
Adraee accused Iran and Hezbollah of “endangering civilians” by smuggling the armaments via civilian flights to Damascus International Airport in order “to maintain secrecy.”
“The Hezbollah terrorist organization exploits the state of Lebanon and its citizens for terrorism that serve Iranian interests,” he said, adding that it will continue to monitor the terror group’s “attempts to undermine the security of the State of Israel and will act as necessary for the security of the State of Israel and its citizens.”
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— افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) May 20, 2022
Israel has long accused Iran of transferring advanced munitions to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group via Syria.
Israel has carried out hundreds of sorties over Syria in the last decade, mostly to stymie attempts by Iranian forces to transfer weapons or establish a foothold.
Israeli strikes have continued in Syrian airspace, which is largely controlled by Russia, even as ties with Moscow have deteriorated in recent weeks. Israel has found itself at odds with Russia as it has increasingly supported Ukraine, while seeking to maintain freedom of movement in Syria’s skies.