The IDF overnight Wednesday discovered and shut down two weapons forging factories in the Chevron area. Six people who were connected with the factories were arrested, and the weapons and equipment were seized. Since the beginning of 2016, the IDF said that it had discovered and shut down 19 such factories, and seized over 200 weapons produced by them.
Early Thursday, large numbers of Israel Air Force planes were seen in the skies in the Gaza border area, and residents reported hearing loud noises, Israel Radio said. Palestinian sources reported that the IDF destroyed at least one terror tunnel running under the Gaza border, attacking it from both sides of the border. On Wednesday, the IDF said that due to ongoing and scheduled activity, “loud noises” might be heard in the area.
Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested six 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.