Palestinian Arms Smugglers Captured on Dead Sea

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli security forces arrested two Palestinian Bedouins Monday attempting to smuggle weapons in a motor boat across the Dead Sea.

The eastern side of the Dead Sea borders Jordan and the western side Israel, making it vulnerable to smuggling attempts from Jordan, though such attempts have been fairly rare.

"For the past several months, there has been an ongoing investigation against arms smuggling from Jordan into Israel," Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CBN News.

"This morning, Israeli forces managed to capture a boat that was headed to the northern beaches of the Dead Sea. Police detained two Palestinian Bedouin men in their mid-40s and confiscated Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition and other weaponry," he said.

Israeli Army Radio said the men were attempting to smuggle the weapons to Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

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