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Israeli police add bikes to arsenal

JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — Israel’s border police have added mountain bikes to their arsenal for fighting infiltration from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The head of the southern command of the border police came up with the idea, saying that the bikes are maneuverable, can handle difficult terrain and are quiet. The bikes will be added to regular jeep patrols. Israel’s boundary with the territories extends hundreds of miles and poses a problem for security forces, particularly when a closure of the territories is in effect.