The Iranian Security Ministry announced on 27 July the arrest of a network of Mossad agents and the seizure of a large shipment of weapons and ammunition.
“A network of agents of the Zionist regime (Mossad) has been dismantled and captured along with a large shipment of weapons and ammunition after arriving at the western border posts of the country,” the director-general of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry for Counter-Espionage Operation said.
The intelligence chief also claimed that the Israeli operatives planned to use the weapons for assassination operations, adding that during the recent presidential elections, “Zionist forces” had also intended to carry out acts of sabotage in different parts of the country.
“The seized weapons include pistols, grenades, Winchester shotguns, Kalashnikov assault rifles and bullets, some of which, like Winchester and grenades, are used to turn the protests into riots,” the official said.
The announcement comes as protests grow across Iran for a third straight week against the worst water crisis the Islamic Republic has faced in five decades, which observers say has only been exacerbated by ongoing US sanctions.