Israel intercepts boat filled with weapons on Dead Sea
This hand out photo provided by the Israeli Defense Forces on
Monday, July 25, 2011, claims, according to the Israeli army, to
show weapons confiscated from a boat intercepted by Israeli
security forces on the Dead Sea, displayed in an unspecified
location near the Dead Sea. Israeli security forces on Monday
intercepted a boat on the Dead Sea carrying two Palestinians along
with assault rifles, ammunition magazines and other unspecified
weapons, security officials said Monday.
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By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces intercepted a boat Monday on
the Dead Sea carrying assault rifles and ammunition from Jordan,
Israeli authorities said.
The military provided a photograph showing a haul of 10
Kalashnikov rifles and the same number of ammunition clips. Two
men on board, Palestinians in their forties, were arrested, police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He said the intended destination
of the weapons was unclear.
The military said it was treating the incident as an attempted
weapons smuggling operation and not as an attempted militant
attack. Army Radio described the vessel as a rubber dinghy.
Rosenfeld said the arrests capped a police operation that lasted
The Dead Sea, a landlocked salt lake at the lowest point on the
earth's surface, is split between Israeli and Jordanian control.
The northwestern section of the lake is in the West Bank, which
the Palestinians claim as part of a future state.
Israel and Jordan have a peace agreement, and their frontier is
generally quiet. The lake, popular with tourists, is only lightly
patrolled, and there is little boat traffic there, as the body of
water, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) long and up to 9 miles (15
kilometers) wide, has no outlet. A trickle of water flows into it
from the Jordan River, and much of it evaporates in the hot desert
Israeli authorities have identified the lake as a route for
smugglers with small boats. They bring drugs into Israel from
Jordan, the Israelis say, but weapons seizures are rare.
The military said over the past year there have been two foiled
attempts to smuggle items across the Dead Sea. In one case,
smugglers used a boat, and in the other, they tried to swim. Both
cases involved drugs. The military provided no information on