4 Palestinian minors arrested over gun making
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4 Palestinian minors arrested over gun making

IDF and police confiscate weapons, ammo and equipment in ongoing crackdown on homemade weapons used in terror attacks

Makeshift guns and gun parts seized by Israeli security forces during a raid on the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar on December 13, 2016. (Israel Police)
Makeshift guns and gun parts seized by Israeli security forces during a raid on the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar on December 13, 2016. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces this week arrested four Palestinian minors from the West Bank suspected of throwing firebombs and making homemade weapons, police said Wednesday.

On Monday, IDF forces and police arrested two minors in the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar suspected of recently launching multiple rock and firebomb attacks at the nearby settlement of Migdal Oz, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

During their interrogation, police said, the pair confessed to belonging to an illegal weapons-making cell in their village.

Security forces returned to Beit Fajjar overnight Tuesday and arrested two more minors in connection to the operation.

Ammunition and various gun parts were seized during the arrest raid.

Police said the investigation into the four minors was ongoing. Their identities were not released.

Dozens of illegal weapons seized by Israeli security forces in Bethlehem and Hebron on August 23, 2016, as part of a large crackdown effort on illicit guns in the West Bank. (Israel Police)
Dozens of illegal weapons seized by Israeli security forces in Bethlehem and Hebron on August 23, 2016, as part of a large crackdown effort on illicit guns in the West Bank. (Israel Police)

Since a nearly year-long wave of terrorist attacks began in October 2015, Israeli security forces have carried out nightly arrests of Palestinians in the West Bank possessing weapons and involved in gun running.

This year alone, the IDF has shut down approximately 40 such workshops, which manufactured guns such as those used in the deadly Sarona Market shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June, and which have became ubiquitous throughout the West Bank during the recent terror wave.

Separate arrest raids carried out the West Bank overnight Tuesday, saw another 10 Palestinians wanted by Israel detained by the IDF and Shin Bet, the army said.

A statement from the IDF said five of the suspects were detained for low-level acts of violence and disturbing public order. The other five were detained over their affiliation with various Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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