The Kingdom of Jordan recently thwarted a plot to smuggle weapons intended for a Muslim Brotherhood cell in Jordan, which is connected to Hamas, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Reuters cited two Jordanian officials, who said the weapons were sent from Iranian-backed militias in Syria.

The plot reportedly aimed to destabilize Jordan, a country that not only has a peace agreement with Israel but also hosts a U.S. military base involved in shooting down several Iranian drones and missiles in April.

While the exact type of weapons smuggled recently remains unspecified, security services in Jordan have foiled attempts to smuggle Kalashnikov rifles, Claymore mines, C4 and Semtex explosives and Katyusha rockets from Iranian-backed militias in Syria in recent months.

The arms shipment was seized when cell members of Palestinian descent were arrested in March, according to the sources. They declined to specify the types of sabotage planned by the terror cell due to ongoing investigations.

However, the sources noted that at least part of the shipment was supposed to be delivered to Judea and Samaria, with the other part going to members of the Muslim Brotherhood cell in Jordan.

“They hide these weapons in pits called dead spots, they take their location via GPS and photograph their location and then instruct men to retrieve them from there,” the source said.

Hamas denied having any role in the arms smuggling, saying its struggle is against Israel.

“We have nothing to do with actions that harm Jordan, we do not interfere in the internal affairs of countries. The confrontation is only with Israel,” the terror organization said in a statement.

Egypt has engaged in a decades-long struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, both before and after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, the group was banned, and many of its leaders have been arrested or exiled.

The situation in Jordan, however, is different. The Muslim Brotherhood is not outlawed in the kingdom, and it has enjoyed political and popular support until recently.

Since 2008, Hamas has increasingly attempted to influence the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, including the selection of leadership. Hamas has also been responsible for promoting several demonstrations in Jordan which threatened to become violent.

In late March, former Jordanian Minister of Information, Samih Almaaita, accused Khaled Meshaal, the former head of Hamas’s political wing, of stoking unrest among Palestinian clans in Jordan after Meshaal called on Jordanians to join the “Al-Aqsa Flood.” He said the group was trying to reestablish itself in the kingdom after its expulsion in 1999.

In April, Jordan rejected remarks by senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk that the group might consider relocating to Jordan.

At that time, speaking to Iran’s al-Alam TV network about rumors that Qatar could close Hamas’ offices in the country, Marzouk said that “any potential relocation, which is not currently happening, would be to Jordan.”

A Jordanian official, Ziad Majali, responded: “Jordan has closed the book on Palestinian cells – and we do not intend to reopen it.”

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