Police early Monday arrested dozens of Arabs in raids throughout the “triangle” region, an area north of the Sharon and adjacent to Palestinian Authority cities Jenin and Tulkarem. Twenty-seven people were arrested in the raids, and large amounts of weapons and ammunition were seized.
Hundreds of police officers participated in the raids, and Border Guards, accompanied by sniffer dogs, seized the weapons. Many of the arrests took place in Taibe and Tira, two large Arab towns. Among the weapons seized were machine guns, handguns, grenades, and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition.
It is thought that most of the weapons were destined to be sold to criminal gangs, although officials did not rule out the possibility that they could be used by terrorists as well.
Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 18 wanted security suspects 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.