IDF Breaks Up Gush Etzion Rock-Throwing Gang

An orchard covered in snow in Gush Etzion, outside of Jerusalem on January 27, 2016. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90
An orchard covered in snow in Gush Etzion. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

The IDF on Wednesday completed a two-day operation in the Arab village of El Khadr in the Gush Etzion region in which it broke up a gang of rioters and rock-throwers who had been operating in the region and terrorizing Jews, the army said Thursday. The gang had conducted numerous rock-throwing and firebomb attacks in the area of the Gush Etzion tunnels.

The operation by the security forces included patrols of soldiers and undercover operations in and around the village. A number of individuals who had been directly involved in terror attacks were arrested as well.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 10 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.