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5,200 commando knives and 1,000 swords among the weapons recovered
Three suspects from northern Israel are in custody after taking possession of two shipping containers full of fireworks, knives, swords and electroshock weapons, according to the Israel Police.
A gag order on the seizure was lifted on Thursday.
The containers were shipped from China under the guise of Christmas decorations and addressed to a resident of Beit Hanina, a largely Christian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem have made extensive use of fireworks during clashes with police in recent months. Police say that high-caliber fireworks can penetrate police protective gear at close range and cause serious burns.
The discovery of the containers and the arrest of the suspects was the culmination of a joint investigation by detectives from the police’s central district, Tax Authority officials and Ashdod port customs personnel.
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