20 arrested, vehicles seized in IDF West Bank sweep
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20 arrested, vehicles seized in IDF West Bank sweep

A dozen cars confiscated in Husan village, 3 more for involvement in 'unlawful riots' in Bil'in

Vehicles seized by Israeli security forces late Tuesday night, February 14, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Vehicles seized by Israeli security forces late Tuesday night, February 14, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Israeli security forces arrested 20 Palestinians and seized 15 Palestinian vehicles overnight Tuesday in sweeps across the West Bank, the army said.

Twelve of the vehicles, impounded in the southern West Bank village of Husan, were “illegal,” according to an army statement, a designation that can mean either unregistered or stolen.

Three additional cars were confiscated in the northern West Bank village of Bil’in, with the IDF saying they were used in violent riots in the village.

In various other raids throughout the West Bank, forces from the IDF, Shin Bet security service and Israel Police detained 20 Palestinians for alleged participation in violent demonstrations.

One of those detained is reportedly an activist with the Hamas terror group, while two others were arrested for suspected “terrorist activity,” according to the statement.

An improvised weapon-making site was found and a weapon was confiscated from the location, in a village north of Jerusalem.

The sweep comes two days after the IDF arrested two Palestinians responsible for a drive-by terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Nili that lightly injured one Israeli on December 19, 2016.

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