Jordan foils alleged arms smuggling plot

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 May 2024

Jordanian authorities have reportedly thwarted a plot to smuggle weapons into the kingdom to help opponents of the ruling monarchy carry out acts of sabotage, Jordan News Agency Petra reported.

Jordanian security services
File Photo: Security services in March seized the arms and detained the smugglers, who were Jordanians. Photo courtesy of Jordan News Agency (Petra)


The shipment, allegedly dispatched by foreign-backed militias, was intended for a clandestine cell operating within Jordanian borders, the news agency added.

The intercepted cache was seized during the apprehension of local cell members in late March last year. Investigations are ongoing as authorities strive to unravel further details surrounding the thwarted operation.

In recent months, security agencies have diligently foiled multiple weapon smuggling attempts, including the transportation of Claymore mines, C4 explosives, Semtex, Kalashnikov rifles, and 107mm Katyusha rockets.

Hamas has voiced its disapproval in response to recent media leaks suggesting its potential involvement in what has been described as "sabotage" activities planned within Jordan.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hamas affirmed it had nothing to do with any actions targeting Jordan and denied any interference in the internal affairs of other nations since it only targets Israel.

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