Arabs Caught Smuggling Weapons Into Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Police early Thursday seized weapons that were in a vehicle driven by Arabs who attempted to get through the Shuafat checkpoint into the center of Yerushalayim. Among the weapons seized were several M16 rifles. Police said the occupants of the vehicle tried to rush inspectors through the inspection process, claiming they were in a hurry – and obviously hoping that they would miss the weapons.

They did not, however, and the weapons were seized. The three Arabs in the vehicle, in their early 20s, were arrested. Police said in a statement that the detection and seizure of the weapons were typical of their activity at checkpoints throughout the country. “These inspections are an important part of the stubborn struggle of police against terror and violent crime,” police said in a statement.

IDF soldiers overnight Wednesday seized terror funds from Arabs in the Binyamin village of Izariya. 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. Weapons for use in terror attacks were also found in the city.

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.