Muslim Antiquity Thieves Caught Red-Handed

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Antiquities Authority announce arrest of three Arabs from the Hevron area who were involved in the theft of antiquities.
By David Lev

The Antiquities Authority on Monday announced that it had arrested three Arabs from the Hevron area who were involved in the theft of antiquities. The Arabs were caught red-handed with some of the goods that they had stolen from an archaeological site in Beit Shemesh.

The three apparently snuck in into the central Israeli city over the weekend under cover of darkness, riding on donkeys. The donkeys, which were found with the thieves, carried food and supplies, sleeping bags, as well as digging tools. The thieves were able to sneak into Israel in a mountainous area of the Hevron Hills, where the security fence has not yet been completed, officials said.

Antiquities Authority officials detected the Arabs shortly after they entered Israel, and observed them as they dug…

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