Judea and Samaria District Police together with army infantry units uncovered counterfeit IDF uniforms and firearms during overnight counter-terrorism raids in the West Bank between Saturday and Sunday.
In one raid, held in the village Beit Omer near Hebron, police officers and IDF soldiers, together with the Shin Bet domestic
intelligence agency, found two handguns, one of which was homemade and the second industrially produced, as well as ammunition, two radio devices, and army uniforms that could have been used to carry out attacks.
Weapons seized by the IDF during an overnight raid near Hebron. – Photo courtesy: JUDEA & SAMARIA POLICE
The operation was joined by soldiers from the Shimshon Battalion, from the IDF’s Kfir Brigade. “We arrested a Palestinian man and took him for questioning,” a police spokesman said.
Security forces also launched an arms raid in the village of Al-Aroub, southwest of Bethlehem, seizing firearms.
In another raid, Judea and Samaria police and the IDF entered a home in the village of Yata near Hebron, and carried out weapons search following intelligence information that led security forces to suspect that guns being hidden at the address.
Police reported capturing handguns and 5.56 mm rifles, as well as ammunition. Rifle parts were also found in the raid. Security forces arrested one suspect and took him for questioning at the Hebron police station.
A third security suspect was arrested in Nahlin, southwest of Bethlehem.
The army said none of the suspects have affiliations to established Palestinian terror groups, describing them as supects involved in
unorganized terrorism and violence against civilians and security forces.
In a separate security operation held overnight between Friday and Saturday police units from the Binyamin station set up a checkpoint on Route 60. Officers stopped and searched a Palestinian taxi, finding four magazine clips filled with 5.56 millimeter bullets inside.
Two east Jerusalem residents and a Palestinian resident of Kalandiya were arrested in the car and taken for questioning.