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IDF catches 5 border infiltrators from Jordan

Army launched manhunt after group cut through the border overnight; the 5 are believed to be illegal immigrants

View of the border between Israel and Jordan, in the Jordan valley, in the West Bank, on June 17, 2020. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)
View of the border between Israel and Jordan, in the Jordan valley, in the West Bank, on June 17, 2020. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers arrested five border infiltrators from Jordan on Saturday after several hours of searches, the military said.

After identifying the group’s crossing, the army launched a manhunt in the morning. One suspect was quickly arrested and the other four were caught near the Dead Sea in the early afternoon.

All five were unarmed. The military said it believed they were illegal immigrants and did not represent a danger.

On Thursday morning, soldiers arrested two suspects who crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon, following an hours-long manhunt, amid rising tensions along the restive northern frontier.

The two men appeared to be migrants from Lebanon, who entered Israel with the hope of finding work. They were questioned by Israeli security forces, the military said.

The suspected infiltration came less than two days after a rare rocket attack from Lebanon on Israel, which followed closely on the heels of alleged Israeli airstrikes on sites near Aleppo in Syria apparently connected to Iranian-backed militias. A second Israeli sortie was reported early Thursday.

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