IDF arrests 3 Palestinians for shooting attacks near West Bank town

Military says suspect in Silwad tried to flee, was shot and wounded then detained, in one of several overnight raids

The IDF arrested nine suspects it says were involved in terror related activities, August 31, 2022 (Israel Defense Forces)
The IDF arrested nine suspects it says were involved in terror related activities, August 31, 2022 (Israel Defense Forces)

The military on Wednesday announced the overnight arrests of three suspects linked to shooting attacks near the Palestinian village of Silwad, along with six other suspects across the West Bank.

During the arrests in Silwad, Israeli troops fired at a suspect who attempted to flee, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The suspect was arrested and taken for medical treatment. No word was given on his condition.

An IDF statement said several “violent disturbances” broke out following the arrests and that gunshots were heard in the area.

The military also said soldiers confiscated “military equipment” in Silwad, but did not specify what type of weaponry was found.

The IDF didn’t specify which shootings the detainees were suspected of, but the raid in Silwad came after shots were fired at an IDF post near the town on Sunday night, and at an Israeli bus on Saturday night.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, the IDF said it arrested three suspects in the northern town of Kifl Haris for involvement in terror activities.

In Hebron, the military said it confiscated a “Carlo” submachine gun, a pistol and ammunition.

All of the suspects arrested Wednesday morning were taken for questioning.

Tensions have escalated in the West Bank recently, with Israeli security forces stepping up arrest raids and operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

On Tuesday, two Palestinian gunmen suspected of shooting at a security vehicle in the West Bank over the weekend surrendered to Israeli troops after a lengthy gunfight on the outskirts of Nablus.

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report.

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