The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday said it was probing a massive burglary from a military base in the Golan Heights after a preliminary investigation found that over 70,000 rounds of ammunition had been stolen from the site.

In a statement, the IDF confirmed the overnight theft at the Tznobar base near the Israeli town of Katzrin, saying the Military Police were probing the matter.

According to an initial probe of the burglary, some 70,000 5.56-millimeter bullets, the kind used in the IDF’s most commonly deployed assault rifles, were missing, along with 70 grenades that are designed to be launched from an M-203 grenade launcher, mounted under the barrel of an assault rifle.

The Shin Bet security agency was also involved in the investigation, and Hebrew-language media reports said several suspects had already been detained by police.

For years, the military has struggled with thefts from its bases, both by soldiers — who have stolen everything from bullets and missiles to army jeeps — and by criminal gangs.

Saturday’s burglary came less than a month after some 30,000 bullets were stolen from a base in southern Israel.

In response to that theft, a military spokesperson said the IDF was working to reduce thefts from bases by improving infrastructure and security.

Security officials fear that stolen ammunition could be used in terror attacks. In March, almost a thousand stolen IDF bullets were found on Islamic State-inspired gunmen who killed two border police officers in a terror attack in Hadera.

Thousands of stolen army bullets have also been seized at checkpoints heading from Israel into the West Bank in recent months.

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70,000 bullets, 70 grenades stolen from Golan Heights army base in latest theft

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12.11.2022

The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday said it was probing a massive burglary from a military base in the Golan Heights after a preliminary investigation found that over 70,000 rounds of ammunition had been stolen from the site.

In a statement, the IDF confirmed the overnight theft at the Tznobar base near the Israeli town of Katzrin, saying the Military Police were probing the matter.

According to an initial probe of the burglary, some 70,000 5.56-millimeter bullets, the kind used in the IDF’s most commonly deployed assault rifles, were missing, along with 70 grenades that are designed to be launched from an M-203 grenade launcher, mounted under the barrel of an assault rifle.

The Shin Bet security agency was also involved in the investigation, and Hebrew-language media reports said several suspects had already been detained by........

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