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Jordanian army arrests man allegedly attempting to infiltrate from Israel

Despite army’s statement not mentioning the man’s nationality, Arab media cites a military source saying he’s an Israeli citizen; Amman expected to return him

An official Jordanian military source told Arab news outlets Wednesday that a Jordanian border guard had caught a man trying to infiltrate into Jordanian territory illegally from Israel the day before.

The man was arrested and transferred to the authorities for questioning, the source said.

While the Jordanian army’s official statement did not specify the infiltrator’s nationality or where the incident happened, various Arab media outlets said he was Israeli and that it happened on the border between the countries.

Jordan was expected to return the man to Israel, according to the reports.

The incident occurred just two days after the Israeli army announced the foiling of an “unusual” smuggling attempt of weapons across the border from Jordan.

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Israeli authorities said they believed the attempted smuggling, which happened on July 24, was aimed at supplying weapons to Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank.