Jordan foils attempt to enter Israel with firebombs
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Jordan foils attempt to enter Israel with firebombs

Man detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint, trying to drive through roadblocks leading to border

The Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and Israel (Shay Levy/Flash90)
The Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and Israel (Shay Levy/Flash90)

Jordanian border guards on Tuesday arrested a man as he tried to enter Israel in a car containing firebombs, an official said.

The driver was detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint and trying to drive through roadblocks leading to the border, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source said the car was seized and found to contain firebombs that the driver had “intended to use illegally.”

A statement from the Jordanian army reported the arrest of a man and the seizure of his vehicle for “trying to cross the checkpoints on the road to a neighboring country.

“Materials used to carry out illegal acts were found in the vehicle, and the driver admitted that he intended to use them,” the statement said.

Attempts to infiltrate Israel from Jordan are rare because of strict security measures on both sides of the border.

A section of the Israel-Jordan security fence, constructed in January 2016. (Ministry of Defense)
A section of the Israel-Jordan security fence, constructed in January 2016. (Ministry of Defense)

In January, construction began on a long security fence along the Jordanian border, Israel’s only internationally recognized frontier currently without a full barrier.

In accordance with a 2015 government decision, approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles) of fence is initially being built, from the southernmost resort town of Eilat to beyond a new international airport — the Ramon International Airport (Timna Airport) — currently under construction in the Timna Valley. This portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and will cost approximately NIS 300 million ($77 million), which will be drawn from the Defense Ministry budget.

In 2013, Israel completed a five-meter-high, barbed-wire fence along its border with Sinai, seeking to prevent terror groups, drug smugglers and African migrants from infiltrating Israeli territory from the Egyptian peninsula.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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