13 arrested for alleged arms smuggling

IDF soldier among cell members; suspect says sold weapons stolen by IDF troops.

Unguarded arms 298.88 (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov)
Unguarded arms 298.88
(photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov)
Police, working together with the Shin Bet, have arrested 13 people allegedly involved in a weapons smuggling cell - including an IDF soldier from Usfiya - it was revealed on Monday. The suspects, who also included eight residents of Umm el-Fahm and four Palestinians from the West Bank, allegedly smuggled grenades, rifles, guns and hundreds of thousands of bullets from Israel into PA territory. The cell members were taken in for interrogation by security forces. One of the suspects claimed during questioning that some of the arms the group had sold were stolen by IDF soldiers, and other weapons were gathered in military training grounds.