In raids, IDF seizes money, cars from terrorists’ families

Soldiers also confiscate thousands of shekels allegedly bound for illegal gun market; Palestinians caught entering Israel from Gaza

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

Illustrative: IDF troops during a raid in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: IDF troops during a raid in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF cracked down on the families of Palestinian terrorists and terror suspects on Thursday, seizing tens of thousands of shekels in money paid to them, as well as confiscating some of their cars, the army said.

The raids occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning in three locations in the West Bank: the Deheisheh refugee camp, near Bethlehem; the city of Qabatiya, south of Jenin; and the village of Yatta, outside Hebron.

In Deheisheh, local resident attacked the Israeli troops with rocks, injuring one of the soldiers, the army said.

He was treated on the scene before being taken to the hospital for further care.

The army, in recent months, has adopted a harsher policy toward the families and neighbors of assailants, cracking down on petty crimes like owning an unregistered car.

In a separate raid in Yatta, Israeli troops seized thousands of shekels that the army believes were going to be used to illegally purchase guns.

The money and other evidence was handed over to law enforcement, the army said.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, the IDF arrested 11 Palestinian suspects, the majority of them suspected of rock throwing or otherwise taking part in violent protests, the army said.

Meanwhile, near the Gaza border, Israeli troops picked up two Palestinians who entered Israel through the fence surrounding the coastal enclave.

The two men, who were unarmed, were picked up near the southern Gaza Strip moments after they got through the fence.

They were handed over the Shin Bet security service for further questioning and will likely be returned to Gaza shortly.

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