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IDF exposes alleged Hezbollah drug-running, smuggling operations along northern border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A Hezbollah flag in the Lebanon village of Aitaroun, near the northern Israeli moshav of Avivim, on August 26, 2019. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
Illustrative: A picture taken on August 26, 2019, near the northern Israeli moshav of Avivim shows a Hezbollah flag in the Lebanon village of Aitaroun. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)

The IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee says the military has exposed Hezbollah’s methods of drug-running operations on the northern border.

In a series of tweets, Adraee says that Hatem Sheet, a resident of Kfarkela in southern Lebanon, has used his home near the border to throw drugs from his balcony over the fence to be picked up on the other Israeli side.

He says Sheet has also been conducting reconnaissance work for the Lebanese terror group on the military’s activities along the northern border.

Adraee separately names a Hezbollah man he says is responsible for coordinating the smugglings on the border with Sheet — Hasan Sara’eni.

He says Sara’eni is an assistant to senior Hezbollah commander Khalil Harb, long accused by the Israel Defense Forces of managing the terror groups drug smugglings operations.

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