Police stop Palestinians attempting to smuggle submachine gun into Israel

Police from the Arad station say they stopped an attempt to smuggle an automatic submachine gun into Israel from the Palestinian territories Sunday morning.
In a video taken from the scene, police show the weapon, which appears to be an improvised, hand-made “Carl Gustav” style submachine gun.
The gun was found during a police ambush set outside the desert town, to stop smugglers bringing in weapons from the West Bank. The officers were backed up by police from the “MAGEN” anti-smuggling unit, known mainly for patrolling the Egypt-Israel border.
Police said the suspects – two Palestinians from the West Bank in their 20s - ran a checkpoint set up by police outside Arad but were stopped not far away and taken into custody.
The West Bank is a common source for firearms that are smuggled into Israel. These include home-made rifles like the one seized Sunday, and more sophisticated firearms, frequently including ones smuggled in from Jordan.
In a separate raid on Sunday morning, police from the Hebron subdistrict said they seized three stun grenades and a box of 5.56mm bullets.
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