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View of the Jordan Valley, March 19, 2023

Israeli security personnel thwarted a deadly terror attack Friday night when two armed operatives were captured after infiltrating into Israel from Jordan.

The two suspects were spotted at around 10 pm in the central Jordan Valley Jewish community of Petzael by the town’s security coordinator and two members of the emergency response squad.


According to information released Saturday morning, a Quran was found with the pair when they were arrested.

One suspect was holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle with a magazine filled with bullets.

It’s not yet clear whether the pair was linked to any particular terrorist organization, and if so, which one.

Neither operative resisted arrest; both were handed over the Shin Bet intelligence agents for investigation.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.