IDF soldiers arrest 21, seize guns in large West Bank raid
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IDF soldiers arrest 21, seize guns in large West Bank raid

Half of the detainees from Kufr al-Dik, east of Tel Aviv; none injured as Israeli forces come under attack in Abu Dis

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Homemade guns, body armor and other equipment seized by IDF troops in the Palestinian village of al-Dik in an overnight raid on May 25, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Homemade guns, body armor and other equipment seized by IDF troops in the Palestinian village of al-Dik in an overnight raid on May 25, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers and border police arrested 10 Palestinians and seized guns, ammunition and “military equipment” in a large-scale raid in the West Bank village of Kufr al-Dik, east of Tel Aviv, early Wednesday morning, the army said.

Another 11 suspects were arrested in raids across the West Bank, making the overnight operation one of the largest of its kind in recent weeks.

Soldiers from the IDF’s Givati infantry brigade, as well as special forces units, uncovered three homemade guns, hunting rifles, body armor and military uniforms during the al-Dik foray, the army said.

The 10 Palestinian suspects arrested in the village were accused of taking part in violent demonstrations, throwing rocks and other forms of “popular terrorism,” as the IDF refers to such activities.

In Abu Dis, west of Jerusalem, residents threw rocks and pieces of wood at IDF troops as the Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian men for undisclosed charges. No soldiers were injured in the incident.

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The army also detained three suspected members of the Hamas terror organization, two in the Nablus area and a third in Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah.

Additional arrests were made in Beit Fajjar, Silwad and the Palestinian village of Tekoa.

It was the highest number of suspects arrested in one night since April 5, as the outpouring of violence that began in late 2015, with a flurry stabbing and shooting attacks, appears to be winding down, according to defense officials.

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