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IDF foils $1.6 million drug-smuggling attempt along border with Egypt

More than 300 kilograms of of marijuana flowers and hashish seized; no arrests made

More than 300kg of marijuana flowers and hashish were seized by Israeli troops on the border between Israel and Egypt, November 11, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)
More than 300kg of marijuana flowers and hashish were seized by Israeli troops on the border between Israel and Egypt, November 11, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into Israel from Egypt on Thursday morning, the military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, soldiers monitoring surveillance cameras spotted the alleged drug smuggling attempt and dispatched troops to the scene.

More than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of marijuana flowers and hashish, estimated to be worth NIS 5 million ($1.6 million), were seized, according to the IDF.

Suspects from the Egyptian side tossed the drugs over the fence, apparently for accomplices on the Israeli side to pick them up.

No arrests were made.

Last week, Israeli troops shot a suspected Israeli smuggler and lightly injured him during a similar attempt. Several deadly encounters between Israeli troops and drug smugglers occurred earlier this year.

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Though the IDF is tasked with preventing smuggling along the Israeli-Egyptian border, the military typically strives to avoid direct confrontation with Israeli drug smugglers, leaving that to the police.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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