Pro-Iran Lebanese activist Anis Al-Naqqash told the story of an arms transfer orchestrated by IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Hizbullah's Chief of Staff Imad Mughniyeh via an aid convoy to Gaza on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on December 31, 2020. Al-Naqqash said that after Israeli forces captured the Karine A arms ship, sent from Iran to Gaza, Soleimani and Mughniyeh orchestrated a weapons transfer in buses and trucks that carried food and blankets to the people of Gaza, who were said to be "starving to death." Al-Naqqash also shared that PA President Yasser Arafat would smuggle weapons into the Palestinian Authority in his car. For more about Al-Naqqash , who was involved in a 1975 terrorist attack in which three people were killed, and was pardoned after serving ten years of a life-sentence in French prison, see MEMRI TV clips No. 8044, 7554, 7012, 1805, 1568, 798, and 101.
Anis Al-Naqqash: "One of the most beautiful weapons transfer operations, I can reveal it today, apart from the case of 'Karina A,' which was leaded for Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat], and not for Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad... Abu Ammar requested a significant weapon supply, because every time he traveled from the occupied lands and back, he used to bring back a few weapons in his car, or with his guards, but it was not enough for real protection.
"Then, they sent a ship to Iran, to be leaded [with weapons]. This ship was the 'Karine A,' which was later captured. On the night it was loaded, the martyr Qasem Soleimani and Imad Mughniyeh stood at the loading dock in the port and supervised the loading themselves. After this case was exposed, the whole transfer process improved in various ways, and the enemy could no longer discover it. So large quantities of weapons entered [Palestine].
"One of the most beautiful [weapons transfer] operations took place in front of the eyes of the whole world, in front of the cameras of the Zionist enemy, in front of the Egyptian army and the Egyptian intelligence, and in front of the whole international media. How did it happen? A large quantity of weapons was accumulated In El-Arish and the Sinai region.
"Transferring these weapons into Gaza through the tunnels would have taken a long time, and they were in a rush, because they estimated that an [Israeli] attack was coming. We all remember how the people of Gaza 'who were starving to death,' broke through the Egyptian border and entered El-Arish to get food, blankets, and equipment. Then, buses and trucks entered Gaza from Sinai, in plain view, carrying not only food and blankets, but they were full of rockets and weapons. This is an example of the great thinking of Imad Mughniyeh and Qasem Soleimani."