Israeli security forces arrested 17 Palestinian suspects in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sunday night and early Monday morning, officials said.
In Hebron, IDF soldiers also uncovered a cache of knives, knuckledusters and other assorted weaponry, the army said.
Outside the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday night, residents clashed with police officers, following an attempted stabbing attack by a Palestinian girl earlier in the evening.
During violent protest, residents fired “hives” of fireworks — pyrotechnics laid out in a grid — at police officers, a police spokesperson said.
No officers were injured by the fireworks, the spokesperson said.
Using the city’s closed-circuit cameras, the Jerusalem Police located a group of four youths in a nearby building. They were arrested on suspicion that they had set off the fireworks.
In the building, the officers located and seized three “hives” of fireworks. The police also found masks and clothing, which they believe were used by the suspects to disguise themselves in a failed attempt to avoid identification, a spokesperson said.
“The suspects are minors, residents of the Old City and Shuafat refugee camp,” police said.
In the West Bank, the army arrested 13 Palestinian suspects during overnight activities. Eight of them were believed to have taken part in rock throwing or in violent protests, while the other five were believed to be members of the Hamas terrorist group, the IDF said in a statement.
Three of the suspected rock throwers were arrested in Faroun, outside Tulkarem. Two were picked up in Qalqilya, and the rest were arrested in the Palestinian village of Teqoa, which is next to a Jewish settlement of the same name.
The suspected Hamas members were arrested in Hebron and Faroun, the army said.