IDF, police bust gun-running operation on Jordanian border, seize 12 handguns

Israeli safety forces arrested two males in northern Israel early Friday morning suspected of smuggling weapons from Jordan, confiscating a dozen handguns within the course of.

Based on Israel Police and the Israel Protection Forces, the 2 males of their 30s from Bedouin villages within the Tel Arad space have been caught after a quick chase close to the city of Neve Ur and located to be in possession of 12 pistols.

Police mentioned that they had been following the pair for a while as a part of an “undercover investigation” into smuggling makes an attempt within the space. Friday’s arrest was a joint effort between numerous police and army models working within the space.

Legislation enforcement officers have beforehand indicated that weapons smuggled in from Jordan are sometimes bought to Arab Israelis, for each felony and terrorist functions.

The army and police have stepped up efforts to halt smuggling makes an attempt alongside the Jordanian border in current months.

Not like Israel’s different frontiers — with Egypt, Lebanon and Syria — its border with Jordan is basically open, typically with out important fencing, and is comparatively unguarded, making it a simple channel for large-scale smuggling.

View of the border between Israel and Jordan, within the Jordan valley, within the West Financial institution, on June 17, 2020. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

Chief Superintendent Ronen Kalfon, commander of the police anti-smuggling Magen unit, mentioned Friday’s incident was the eighth smuggling it had thwarted this yr, with greater than 150 weapons seized.

“It is a actual arms race and we’re burning the midnight oil in an ongoing wrestle in opposition to this problem,” Kalfon mentioned.

Police mentioned it and the army will “proceed to work to keep up the safety of Israel, and to forestall the smuggling of weapons that strengthen crime within the Negev and terror assaults in Judea and Samaria, harming civilian life.”

Authorities have more and more sought to crack down on the unmitigated unfold of unlawful weapons within the Arab Israeli neighborhood, which have been used to hold out a record-breaking variety of murders in recent times.

Based on the Abraham Initiatives, a bunch lobbying in opposition to violence within the Arab neighborhood, final yr 125 Arabs have been killed in Israel in neighborhood violence — an all-time file. For the reason that starting of 2022, one other 52 have been killed in incidents of violence.

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