The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed Sunday that they successfully intercepted an operation to illicitly transport explosives from Iran into Israel from Jordan.
The endeavor was reportedly disrupted by the combined efforts of the IDF’s 417th Regional Brigade and operatives from the Matilan Border Police. The incident was said to have taken place south of the Sea of Galilee July 24.
Israeli media is reporting that at the time of the seizure, the IDF military censor only permitted the disclosure of limited information, including the nature of the confiscated materials and its source.
The Times of Israel reported that authorities suspect that these explosives were intended for utilization by terrorist organizations within the West Bank.
On Thursday, the Shin Bet announced that in June, authorities arrested four Arab Israelis for allegedly smuggling “a large number of quality weapons” into Israel. Reports indicate that these weapons were sourced from the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.
Israel’s border with Jordan is notably more open than with other neighboring countries, often lacking substantial barriers and having limited security measures. Last month Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced plans to build a more extensive security barrier along the Jordanian border.