Police arrest 27 in sweep of firearms smuggling ring

Police carry out over two dozen arrests this morning in a sweep targeting a firearms smuggling ring in the Arab towns of Taibe and Tira.

Officers find Kalashnikov and M-16 rifles, submachine guns, handguns and ammunition, according to Israel Radio.

The ring was not linked to terror groups, officials say. The people involved bought weapons from Palestinians in the West Bank and sold them to criminal organizations in Israel, primarily in Arab towns in the north.

All 27 suspects are being taken to remand hearings today at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

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