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      IDF Foils Weapons Smuggling from Palestinian Authority

      Soldiers at a checkpoint several miles east of metropolitan Tel Aviv discovered a submachine gun and pipe bombs from a PA-controlled city.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 11/24/2010, 10:32 AM / Last Update: 11/24/2010, 10:44 AM

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      Soldiers at a checkpoint several miles east of metropolitan Tel Aviv on Tuesday discovered a submachine gun, large quantities of ammunition, military gear and seven pipe bombs smuggled from Tulkarm, under Palestinian Authority control.

      The PA’s armed forces, trained by American generals, are committed to dismantling the terrorist structure in Judea and Samaria, but most of their efforts have been restricted to targeting terrorists from Hamas.

      The terrorist organization, which controls Gaza, is trying to make inroads against the rival Fatah party, headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

      IDF forces at the checkpoint along the separation fence found the weapons during the search of a Palestinian Authority vehicle carrying four PA Arabs. Sappers detonated the explosives safely, and the passengers were arrested. Elsewhere in Judea and Samaria, soldiers caught 10 wanted Arabs, who are being questioned.