Palestinian arrested in Florida for trying to buy weapons

(JTA) — A Palestinian man was arrested in South Florida for allegedly trying to buy stolen weapons.

Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel is accused of attempting to purchase 300 stolen weapons, South Florida’s WSVN television reported. He said the weapons were headed to "his people," according to the criminal complaint.

Hamayel, who reportedly is from a village in the West Bank, was arrested in Miami after exiting a plane that originated in Jordan. He has a family friend from his village living in that city, according to the complaint.

The complaint says that Hamayel specifically requested M-16 rifles, 9 mm handguns, and Uzi submachine guns, silencers and grenades, as well as remote detonation devices.

 

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