The Israel Defense Forces seized a number of M16 rifles during raids throughout the West Bank early Monday.
One M16 was found in a home in the Jerusalem-area Palestinian town of Abu Dis, while another, together with a homemade gun, was found in the northern West Bank village of Bir al-Basha, the army said.
The army said it has confiscated 220 illegal firearms in the West Bank since the start of the year and shut down 25 gun workshops.
Over the past two years, the military has been cracking down on the illegal weapons trade, arresting gun dealers and shuttering suspected workshops where firearms are believed to be manufactured in the West Bank.
These improvised weapons, often referred to as Carlo rifles, are comparatively cheap to produce and therefore plentiful in the West Bank. Mass produced, superior guns, like the M-4 or M-16 assault rifles, are far more difficult to obtain and are thus far more expensive, often costing tens of thousands of shekels.
During the raids, the IDF also arrested eight Palestinians on suspicion of violent rioting and “popular terror,” a term used by the army to denote acts such as rock-throwing and rioting.
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.