IDF Captures Drug Haul on Egyptian Border Worth Millions

12 January, 2021   |   5 months ago

Jerusalem, 12 January, 2021 (TPS) -- The IDF was successful in thwarting an attempt to smuggle drugs from Egypt into Israel and captured the drugs, worth millions of shekels.

IDF spotters on Monday identified a number of suspects who tried to smuggle drugs from Egyptian territory into Israel.

IDF troops operating in the area commenced with an arrest procedure that included firing at the smugglers.

The soldiers thwarted the smuggling attempted and seized a number of bags containing drugs worth millions of shekels and a number of vehicles that were handed over to the Israel Police.

Israeli forces periodically clash with smugglers on the border with Egypt, a major smuggling route for drugs, weapons and women into Israel.

Israel in recent years has built a fence along the Egyptian border to block the flow of work migrants coming to the country from Africa through Egypt.

The tall fence has also been helpful in slowing down the prolific smuggling trade from Egypt into Israel, mostly the work of local Bedouin tribes.