IDF Arrests 18 Wanted Terror Suspects Overnight

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IDF soldiers on patrol. (Hadas Parush/Flash90, File)

IDF soldiers overnight Sunday seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered a cache of weapons in Chevron. In a statement, the army said that such weapons were used in terror attacks as well as for criminal activity, 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.

IDF soldiers overnight Sunday seized terror funds from Arabs in the villages in the area of the Tapuach junction in 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. Weapons for use in terror attacks were also found in the city.

Soldiers also faced off against rioters in the Shomron villages of Kfar Akav and Bidu as they were making arrests of terror suspects. Soldiers used anti-riot measures to break up the crowds, which threw bricks and rocks at soldiers. No soldiers were injured in the incidents.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 18 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.