update desk

Police arrest suspects following large-scale theft of IDF ammunition

Some 70,000 rounds and 70 grenades were stolen from an army base in the Golan Heights.

IDF Armored and Engineering corps soldiers prepare for a large-scale military exercise near the Sea of Galilee, in the southern Golan Heights, Nov. 9, 2022. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.
IDF Armored and Engineering corps soldiers prepare for a large-scale military exercise near the Sea of Galilee, in the southern Golan Heights, Nov. 9, 2022. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.

The Israel Police arrested several suspects on Saturday in connection with a large-scale theft of ammunition overnight Sunday from a military base in the Golan Heights.

The suspects are residents of the northern Arab Israeli town of Tuba Zangariyye.

Some 70,000 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition and 70 rifle grenades were stolen from the Tznobar training base near Katzrin, and remain missing, according to the military. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Police are not ruling out the possibility that the thieves received assistance from inside the base, according to a report by Ynet on Sunday.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intelligence agency is involved in the investigation.

The theft of firearms and ammunition from Israel Defense Forces bases has been a long-standing problem and forms a main source of weapons for the criminal underworld in the country. The IDF has invested significant sums in creating new security measures around its facilities to prevent such incidents.

In October, the IDF said thieves stole some 30,000 rounds of ammunition from the Sde Teiman base in southern Israel.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates