Mortar shells, firearms found in raid on school in North

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March 11, 2013 16:32




Another week, another arms cache found stashed in a school in an Arab village in northern Israel. On Monday morning, special police units raided an elementary school in Abu Sinan in the Galilee, and found 13 mortar shells, three rifles, incendiary flares, and sacks filled with hundreds of rounds of .9mm ammunition.

The weapons were all found stashed in a closet inside a classroom at the school that is no longer in use. The incident is the latest in a series of police raids in schools and daycare centers where firearms and explosives have been hidden.

Cmdr. Michael Shifshak, head of the northern branch of the YAMAR investigative unit, said police have an idea of who the weapons belonged to, but are still not at the point were they are going to carry out arrests.

In February, anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and explosives were found stashed in a school and a kindergarten for special needs children in Abu Sanaan, and pipe bombs and firearms were found at schools in the Central District the same week. Also in February, explosive materials were found buried in a sandbox at a kindergarten in Nahariya.


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