IDF thwart attempted smuggling of 22 handguns from Jordan to West Bank

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

Weapons seized by security forces after an alleged gun-smuggling over the border with Jordan, on January 8, 2023. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces foil an attempt to smuggle 22 handguns from Jordan into the West Bank, officials say.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, soldiers monitoring surveillance cameras spotted a suspect along the border, close to the settlement of Yafit.

The man, a Palestinian from Jericho, has been arrested by IDF troops and police officers dispatched to the scene, and the 22 handguns in their possession are seized, police say.

Incidents of weapon smuggling on the border with Jordan are frequent.

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