IDF shuts down weapons workshop in West Bank
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IDF shuts down weapons workshop in West Bank

7 suspects arrested in overnight raids; Hamas commander dies in Gaza Strip explosion

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Weapons manufacturing equipment seized by security forces in the West Bank, June 8, 2017. (IDF spokesperson)
Weapons manufacturing equipment seized by security forces in the West Bank, June 8, 2017. (IDF spokesperson)

Israeli security forces entered the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar overnight Wednesday to shut down a weapons manufacturing workshop.

IDF forces confiscated a lathe from the facility, which was believed to be involved in producing makeshift firearms that could be delivered to terror groups.

Also overnight, seven Palestinians, including one Hamas operative, suspected of involvement in terror groups or participating in violent protests were arrested in other operations across the West Bank, the Walla news website reported.

On Wednesday, a senior Hamas military wing commander died in an explosion in the Gaza Strip.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but sources suggested it was likely a “work accident” while the man was assembling explosive devices.

Three others were also injured in the blast in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza.

The Gaza health ministry identified the dead man as Ibrahim Abu al-Naja, according to a Thursday report from Walla.

He was declared dead two hours after the explosion, reports said.

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