נעילת שער הגבול בנהריים
Israeli-Jordanian border near Naharayim
Photo: AFP
Israeli-Jordanian border near Naharayim

Jordanian national moderately hurt trying to breach Israeli border

Officials say the man, 49, tried to smuggle weapons in an area just south of the Sea of Galilee and was shot in the leg; fire broke out near Naharayim as a result of flares being fired; police found a host of weapons in the man’s bag, including AK-47 rifles

Ahiye Raved |
Published: 05.20.20 , 08:45
A Jordanian national was moderately hurt on Wednesday after trying to breach the border with Israel, security officials said.
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  • The 49-year-old man apparently tried to smuggle weapons just south of the Sea of Galilee and was shot in the leg by Israeli security forces.
    נעילת שער הגבול בנהרייםנעילת שער הגבול בנהריים
    Israeli-Jordanian border near Naharayim
    (Photo: AFP)
    He was taken to Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias for treatment.
    A fire broke out in the area, near Naharayim, as a result of flares being fired during the incident.
    Security forces, including Border Police, Israel Police and IDF, noticed a man with a large sack approaching the border at around 6am, said the official report. They called on the man to stop but he continued marching toward the border, ignoring the calls.
    He was subsequently shot in the leg.The forces found a host of weapons in the man’s bag, including AK-47 rifles.
    Police said the incident is not likely to have been nationalistically motivated.
    הכנות ל טקס ב נהריים ירדןהכנות ל טקס ב נהריים ירדן
    Jordanian flag erected at Naharayim site after 25 years
    (Photo: AFP)
    Naharayim, located along the Jordan River in northern Israel, and Tzofar, located deep in the Negev Desert south of the Dead Sea, leased by Israel for mostly agricultural purposes, last year were returned to the full sovereignty of Jordan.
    Jordan's King Abdullah announced his intention to cancel the 25-year renewable lease of Naharayim and Tsofar in October 2018 after years of internal political pressure.
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