Army, police nab guns being smuggled over Jordan border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Israeli security forces have foiled an attempt to smuggle five handguns from Jordan into the West Bank for terror purposes, officials say.

Guns captured along the Israel-Jordan border, December 22, 2022. (Israel Police)

According to the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police, troops and officers spotted two suspects along the border close to the Palestinian village of al-Auja.

One of the men, an 18-year-old Palestinian from the Hebron area was arrested, and weapons in his possession were seized.

The second suspect fled.

Police officials say they suspect the handguns were destined for terror elements in the West Bank.

Incidents of weapon smuggling on the border with Jordan are frequent, though officials say efforts to crack down are starting to bear fruit.

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