Israeli Police Seize Second Major Haul of ‘FireWeapons’ in Toy Store Raid (VIDEO)
Against a background of rioting in the Arab sector and Jerusalem, the Israel Police are continuing to tighten control over access to dangerous and banned devices, including a second haul of contraband fireworks and roman candles, Israel’s Ch. 2 News said Tuesday.
A raid on a toy shop in the West Bank town of Taybeh on Tuesday netted tens of thousands of prohibited fireworks, after police seized two shipping containers full of similar devices and other weapons last week.
Going on an intelligence tip, police forces, detectives and SWAT teams descended on the backroom of the shop, and uncovered large quantities of illegal detonators, commonly used by rioters. The two owners, in their 50s, were taken in for questioning about their involvement in the procurement of the items.
On Thursday, police announced that they had confiscated two shipping containers in Ashdod Port which concealed a massive delivery of tasers, machetes and commando knives, fireworks, and other “cold weapons,” headed for Arab rioters in east Jerusalem.
“We found two containers disguised as holding Christmas decorations,” according to Rafi Gabay, Director of Customs at the Port of Ashdod.
Declared as Christmas presents in the containers’ documentation, the goods, imported from China, included some 10,000 tasers, 5,500 commando knives, and 20,000 fireworks, police told reporters.
Intelligence tips alerted tax officials in Ashdod to examine the shipment, which was addressed to residents of Beit Hanina – the locus of months of riots in the capital.
Officials termed it the largest haul of illicit fireworks ever confiscated in Israel.
In recent months, Palestinian and Arab rioters have been firing ganged fireworks canisters at security forces which has led to an escalation in the severity of the clashes. Police have had to begin wearing fireproof jumpsuits in order to avoid burns from the attempted deadly attacks, which led police officials to make tracking down the source of the devices a particularly high priority.
Watch a video clip of the second seizure: