By Worldbulletin staff
Israeli Haaretz newspaper claimed Iran is arming Lebanese Hezbollah with missiles sent via Turkey, based on military intelligence sources.
The newspaper reported Turkish authorities are unaware of the arms shipments, saying Shipments are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 that brought an end to the Second Lebanon War.
It also tried to support its claims with the statements of Brigadier General Yossi Beiditz, head of the Israel Defense Forces research department.
Beiditz had suggested Iran continues to transfer arms and equipment to Hezbollah in a briefing that EU ambassadors attended although Tehran denies this claim.
In the briefing, it is claimed that long-range missiles are being transfered through flights using Turkey's airspace, as well as overland though Turkey, under the guise of civilian cargo and from Turkey, the missiles are transfered to Syria and then Lebanon.
The neswpaper also published Turkey's answer, based on a Turkish source, saying "Turkey has adhered to all international decisions, with an emphasis on the arms embargo to Lebanon and Turkey and Israel share intelligence information on other levels, outside the embassy."
In addition, Israel hinted with these false claims that Turkish intel services was not aware of what was happening on its territory, but its own intel services was "well aware of what happenned on Turkey's territory."
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