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article imageIsraeli military capture weapon-smuggling boat from Jordan

By Sam Halaby     Jul 25, 2011 in World
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and police have captured a small boat on the Dead Sea attempting to smuggle weapons from neighbouring Jordan on Monday.
An IDF spokesperson said that two Palestinians from the West Bank were detained at dawn Monday morning, attempting to smuggle several AK-47 rifles and ammunition by rubber-inflated motorboat.
The two men were taken in for questioning by Israeli security forces. Police said that the rifles are sold for around 25,000 Israeli new shekels (approximately $7,400 USD), which were headed to the West Bank, according to Israel's Army Radio.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that the arrest ended a police investigation that spanned several weeks.
In the past year, two previous attempts to transport drugs across the Dead Sea were thwarted, according to the Israeli military.
One of the two detained men, who are in their forties, has a previous drug record.
The tourist-popular Dead Sea is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface, forming a 43-mile natural border between Jordan and Israel, who have shared a peace treaty since 1994.
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