7 soldiers, 4 civilians charged in weapons theft

Seven IDF soldiers and four civilians will be indicted in the next few days for the alleged theft of ammunition from an IDF base in northern Israel, it was released for publication Sunday. Over 250 soldiers were questioned during the investigation conducted by the Military Police and the Northern District Police, and 24 people were arrested. In addition to large quantities of rifles and ammunition, thieves made off with more than 150 fragmentation grenades and 11 LAW missiles. The theft was discovered during a routine inventory of the base's arsenal. Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter said after the theft was discovered in September that "the incident is very serious and requires all of the security establishment to give priority treatment to the investigation." Dichter asked Police Chief Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi to speak with IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz on 'sharpening' internal IDF rules to avoid similar instances in the future. Dichter said that the weapons stolen could be used for either criminal or terror-related purposes. Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.