Terror Funds, Weapons Seized in Overnight Sweep

YERUSHALAYIM -
Weapons seized by security forces. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

IDF soldiers overnight Tuesday seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-controlled village of Rantis in the Shomron. The money was part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said. Several arrests were made, as Arabs rioted when soldiers entered the village.

IDF soldiers overnight Tuesday seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers discovered a cache of weapons in Shechem. Several suspects were arrested and the cache confiscated. In a statement, police said that such weapons were often used in terror attacks, and that security forces were determined to seize all weapons that were being held illegally by all people, in order to better protect all Israelis and residents of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, who are also under threat by terrorists and criminals.

Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested four 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.