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IDF Thwarts Drug Smuggling Attempts on Egypt, Lebanon Borders

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A general view shows Israel’s border fence with Egypt’s Sinai peninsula (R), as seen from Israel’s Negev Desert on February 10, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo.

i24 News – Israeli border guards on Saturday foiled two smuggling attempts on the Egyptian and Lebanese borders, seizing drugs in both incidents.

According to a statement by the Israeli army spokesperson’s unit, soldiers seized some 120 kilograms of marijuana and cocaine — worth an estimated tens of millions of shekels — on the Egyptian border.

The statement didn’t specify whether any suspects were apprehended in the course of the operation.

Also on Saturday, troops thwarted a drug and weapon smuggling attempt along the border area between Israel and Lebanon.

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After spotting a suspect who managed to flee amid foggy conditions, Israeli troops seized 41 bags containing drugs and a package of ammunition, worth an estimated hundreds of thousands of shekels.

The findings were transferred to Israel Police for investigation.

A manhunt for the suspect is ongoing.

Earlier this year, Israel thwarted several smuggling attempts of drugs and firearms from Lebanon, likely on behalf of the Hezbollah terrorist group.

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