IDF Shuts Down ‘Biggest Ever’ PA Weapons Workshop

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IDF soldiers inside the Palestinian weapons workshop, overnight Sunday. (IDF Spokesperson)

The IDF announced Monday that overnight Sunday it had raided and shut down a large arms factory in Chevron — the largest found to date, the army said. In the factory, which was located under a house in Chevron, were 15 large metal cutting machines, along with dozens of weapons in various stages of manufacture.

According to the army, the vast majority of shooting attacks that took place over the past year were carried out with weapons manufactured in workshops such as the one uncovered in Chevron — and many of them were probably made in that factory. Among the weapons seized in whole or in parts were shotguns, rifles, handguns, and parts for M-16 machine guns. Also seized were weapons used by sharpshooters, with a range of 600 meters (1,969 feet). Large amounts of ammunition were also seized. Soldiers arrested two people, members of the family who lived in the house. No IDF soldiers were injured in the operation. According to officials, the workshop “had been operating for a long time.”

Some of the weapons apprehended in the overnight raid in Chevron. (IDF Spokesperson)

Also Monday, Israeli planes destroyed a Hamas outpost in Gaza, according to reports from Gaza. The bombing was in retaliation for a shooting incident early Monday, when Israeli workers who were strengthening the security fence were shot at by Hamas terrorists.

Overnight Sunday, 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.