Israel Border Police bust makeshift arms factory, seize weapons, arrest Palestinian

A male Palestinian was arrested during an early morning police raid, with over a dozen weapons, hundreds of ammunition rounds, IDF uniforms, and related paramilitary equipment seized.



Border Police raided a makeshift arms factory in the West Bank village of Beit Arush early Thursday morning, arresting one man and seizing a cache of illegal rifles, improvised automatic weapons, IDF uniforms, binoculars and ammunition.

Some of the weapons seized by Border Police in Beit Arush Thursday. – Photo: POLICE SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT

According to police, the operation took place overnight after intelligence was received about illegal activity in the warehouse, which was used primarily to manufacture Carl Gustav-type and Kalashnikov (AK-47 knockoff) rifles.

“We knew the structure was being used as a weapons factory, and units arrived in the area overnight and shut it down,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, adding that the unidentified Palestinian suspect, who is in his 40s, had a permit to travel into Israel.

He said this “was one of the many operations taking place in Judea and Samaria to seize weapons being used in Israel by terrorist cells who are planning attacks.”

The suspect was questioned and arraigned at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.


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