Israel Suspects Hezbollah Behind Explosives Found Near Northern Border

The charges were likely smuggled from Lebanon to be used in an attack in the country, defense source tells Israel Radio.

A Hezbollah flag near the Israel-Lebanon border fence, August 16, 2016.
Gil Eliyahu

Israel's defense establishment estimates that Hezbollah was behind a bag containing explosive devices found last month near the Israeli town of Metula on the border with Lebanon. The charges were likely meant to be used in an attack against Israelis.

The devices were located in an agricultural area south of Metula three week ago. According to a report on Israel Radio, they were smuggled from Lebanon, but it is still unclear who was tasked with collecting them.

A source in the defense establishment told Israel Radio that the charges were probably smuggled to be used in "terrorist activity" in Israel, but gave no further details.

The Shin Bet security service said last week it has arrested several Palestinians in the West Bank on suspicion of plotting attacks at the instructions of Hezbollah. The security agency said that the purported cell members were recruited mostly through Facebook. 

In 2012, drug dealers in northern Israel were arrested for smuggling 20 kilograms of C-4 standard explosive charges from Lebanon to Israel, under the directions of Hezbollah. The explosives had been smuggled in a sports bag by a teenager near the village of Ghajar, which is located on the Israel-Lebanon border.