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IDF says it foiled arms smuggling attempt from Jordan near Dead Sea

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

Firearms seized by Israeli soldiers during an alleged smuggling attempt on the border with Jordan, near the Dead Sea, on May 22, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Firearms seized by Israeli soldiers during an alleged smuggling attempt on the border with Jordan, near the Dead Sea, on May 22, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces announces that on the night of May 22, troops foiled an attempt to smuggle several firearms into Israel from Jordan near the Dead Sea.

Soldiers monitoring surveillance cameras identified suspects approaching the Israeli border and dispatched troops to the scene.

Two men from a Bedouin village near the southern city of Dimona were arrested, and a bag containing four handguns and four M16 rifles was seized, the IDF says. Israeli authorities suspect the weapons were intended for terror purposes.

The pair were questioned by the Shin Bet security agency, which has led to the arrest of two other suspects, who allegedly led the gun-running operations on the Jordanian border. All four are expected to be indicted in the coming days.

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