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Israeli police detain Palestinian over alleged arms smuggling attempt

Aug. 22, 2017 3:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2017 3:28 P.M.)
Israeli police spokesperson
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained a Palestinian resident of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle arms into Israel from the occupied territory, according to an Israeli police spokesperson.

Luba al-Samri said that a Palestinian man in his 30s who holds Jordanian citizenship was driving from the West Bank to the southern Negev desert and "broke through" an Israeli military checkpoint, which had only just been set up by police after Israeli forces "received information" about a planned smuggling attempt.

After a police chase, the suspect stepped out of his car and surrendered to arrest in Tal Arad, just south of the border of the occupied West Bank, when Israeli police found a rifle and a cartridge in the car, according to al-Samri.

The man was interrogated and allegedly admitted to having received 500 shekels (approximately $140) to drive the vehicle to Israel.

The incident came after Israeli police reported having seized a rifle and detaining a Palestinian during an overnight raid inside the Hebron area.

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