(Photo Credit: Avihu Shapira/ KAN)
An unidentified group of people has reportedly broken into a key Israeli army barrack in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, stealing large amounts of ammunition.
On 12 November, a spokesman for the Israeli occupation army confirmed that the “Tsnobar” army base in the occupied Golan was breached, with many weapons and ammunition reportedly stolen.
Israel’s Tsnobar army base in the Occupied Golan Heights. (Photo courtesy: Google maps)
In an official statement, he said, “The reasons and circumstances of the theft are under investigation by the Military Police, and until the investigation is completed, the evidence is transferred to the Military Prosecution.”
Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) reported that more than 100,000 bullets were seized from the Tsnobar base after a group of assailants entered the barrack, took control of the combat equipment, and left without being noticed.
“The Shin Bet is investigating the incident, and several people suspected of participating in the incident were arrested,” the Hebrew KAN stated.
However, other Israeli media outlets, including Yediot Aharonot (Y-net), Haaretz, and Channel 7, said the looted rounds estimates indicate 70,000 5.56mm rounds and 70 high-explosive bombs.
According to the same sources, the Israeli security forces arrested suspects in the north of the country on suspicion of theft, and it is expected that the police will request to extend their detention. The hearing will take place in the Magistrate’s Court in Nazareth behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army, police, and border guards are conducting operations in the area in search of the stolen ammunition.
Y-net revealed some preliminary results of the ongoing investigations saying that some Israeli soldiers facilitated the entry of the thieves.
Recently, incidents of robbery from within Israeli military bases have been repeated. Just last month, an Israeli spokesperson announced that thieves had stolen about 30,000 bullets from the Sde Timan base in the south of the country, despite the fact that tens of millions of shekels had been invested in securing the base.