3 Palestinian women arrested at West Bank checkpoint with makeshift submachine gun

Unclear if Nablus women, stopped at crossing near Qalqilya without permits to enter Israel, planned attack; reports say suicide note also found in car

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A makeshift 'Carlo' submachine gun found in a car at the Eliyahu Crossing in the West Bank, August 20, 2022. (Defense Ministry)
A makeshift 'Carlo' submachine gun found in a car at the Eliyahu Crossing in the West Bank, August 20, 2022. (Defense Ministry)

Three Palestinian women from Nablus with a makeshift submachine gun in their car were arrested Saturday near a checkpoint in the West Bank, the Defense Ministry said.

According to an initial investigation of the incident, the three women drove up to the Eliyahu Crossing, near Qalqilya, and stopped their car before the checkpoint, arousing the suspicion of security guards.

Guards searching their car found a makeshift “Carlo” submachine gun and an unclear note in the trunk. Some Hebrew media reports claimed the note was a suicide note, though this remained unconfirmed.

It was not immediately clear if the trio had actually planned to attack the checkpoint, or had sought to be arrested by Israeli authorities.

The three women did not have permits to enter Israel.

They were taken for further questioning by the Shin Bet security agency.

The incident came amid high tensions in the West Bank, as Israeli security forces stepped up arrest raids and operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

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