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IDF, Police Thwart Attempt to Smuggle NIS 1 Million in Weapons

Security forces found a backpack carrying 80,000 Jordanian dinars (NIS 380,000) on the suspect.
Weapons captured by IDF and police after thwarting a smuggling attempt along the Jordanian border (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Weapons captured by IDF and police after thwarting a smuggling attempt along the Jordanian border (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

The IDF and Israel Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle NIS 1 million in handguns over the Israeli-Jordanian border in the Jordan Valley on Monday morning.

On Sunday, IDF lookouts spotted suspects near the border from the Jordanian side. IDF soldiers who arrived at the scene found a backpack containing 24 handguns.

Police officers from the “Yagal” unit and IDF soldiers prepared an ambush, spotting a suspect nearing the border from the Israeli side on Monday morning.

The security forces ambushed the suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Jericho, near the fence, finding a backpack containing 80,000 Jordanian dinars ($116,000).

Six weapons smuggling attempts have been thwarted by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, according to police. Some 169 weapons have been seized so far.

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