Iranian Airline opens direct route to Beirut amid smuggling allegations

The Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm, which according to Western media reports “is used by the Islamic Republic’s revolutionary guards to smuggle weapons to Tehran’s allies in the region,” conducted its first direct flight from Tehran to the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Flight QFZ9964, which was reportedly used to smuggle weapons by the regime’s military arm, landed yesterday morning at 10:19 am in the Lebanese capital. The significance of this flight, which was the first of its kind, comes less than two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of attempting to build an infrastructure, for the conversion of surface-to-surface missiles into precision-guided missiles, near an airport in Beirut. The accusation, which was leveled by Netanyahu during his speech to United Nations General Assembly, was followed by a warning to Hezbollah. In Netanyahu’s words, “So, I have message for Hizballah today – Israel knows, Israel also knows what you’re doing, Israel knows where you’re doing it and Israel will not let you get away with it.”