Palestinian arrested near West Bank settlement; handgun found in car
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Palestinian arrested near West Bank settlement; handgun found in car

Colt-style pistol discovered in gearbox of vehicle near Shilo; car was pulled over by Israeli security forces

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Handgun discovered in Palestinian man's car near a West Bank settlement on May 30, 2018. (Israel Police)
Handgun discovered in Palestinian man's car near a West Bank settlement on May 30, 2018. (Israel Police)

Border police officers arrested a Palestinian man on Wednesday after they discovered a handgun hidden in his car near the Israeli settlement of Shilo, north of Jerusalem, police said.

The man was driving in a way officers described as “suspicious” in the early hours of the morning.

Officers, who stopped the car and searched it, discovered the Colt-style handgun, along with several magazines and a holster for the pistol, hidden in the vehicle’s gearbox.

The man who is in his 40s, is a resident of Nablus, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) north of Shiloh.

On Tuesday, two Palestinians broke into an empty house in the Har Bracha settlement. Israeli soldiers opened fire on the Palestinians, injuring one of them in the lower body and then capturing him. The second one fled and was later arrested, police said.

Last week, security forces arrested two Palestinians suspected of shooting at an Israeli vehicle outside Ramallah in the West Bank.

In January, an Israeli man was fatally shot while driving near Nablus in a terror attack. Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, a father of six, came under fire in his car while driving past the Havat Gilad Junction.

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