Israel military: Troops thwart weapons smuggling from Jordan

Israel military: Troops thwart weapons smuggling from Jordan

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it thwarted an attempt on Wednesday to smuggle weapons into the country from neighboring Jordan, firing upon and arresting one of the smugglers.

The military said that together with Israeli police, it identified two suspects who crossed the border. Shots were fired and one of the suspects was lightly wounded and transferred to an Israeli hospital for treatment; the other fled back into Jordan.

Nine pistols, six rifles and additional smuggled weapons were seized in the early morning operation. Israeli forced reported no injuries.

During the operation, illumination rounds were also fired, which briefly caused small fires in the area amid an extreme heat wave.

Israel's eastern border with Jordan is typically the country's quietest. The incident comes just three days after Israeli forces shot and wounded a man who crossed the northern border from Lebanon.

Updated : 2021-01-21 04:52 GMT+08:00