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The boundary between Israel and Jordan at the Jordan River Valley. Feb. 7, 2017

IDF troops and the Israeli Police thwarted a weapon smuggling attempt on Monday evening along the Jordanian border in the Arava area.

During the incident, IDF soldiers confiscated a number of weapons and apprehended a number of suspects, according to the IDF.

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“The troops, who were operating to thwart the smuggling attempt, spotted a suspect attempting to cross into Jordan from Israeli territory and fired towards him,” the IDF said in a statement.

An IDF reservist was moderately injured during the exchange, along with one of the suspects.

“The circumstances of the officer’s injury are under review. The officer and the suspect were evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment,” the IDF said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.