Police arrested seven suspects during an overnight raid Thursday in the northern Israeli Druze village of Sajur as part of continued operations against illegal use of weapons among minorities.
Police said they identified shooting coming from a party in a house in the village, and that officers were attacked by a crowd when they moved into the building to arrest suspects.
The police statement added that one suspect ran toward police officers with a knife and was lightly injured during the scuffle.
Further officers were summoned to assist, and seven suspects aged 26-49 were arrested. The gun was also seized.
Two police officers were lightly injured during the operation, and one police car sustained damage.
Flooded with illegal weapons, some cities of Israel’s Arab, Bedouin and Druze communities have become hotbeds of crime, in a trend that Arab-Israeli lawmakers say the Israel Police is reluctant to combat.