Arabs Riot Over Illegal Structure Demolitions

An Arab riot. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90, File)

Arabs rioted in the village of Al-Walajeh, south of Yerushalayim. IDF soldiers arrived in the village to execute a demolition order against four illegally built structures. Arabs greeted the soldiers with rocks and bricks, attempting to interfere with the demolitions. Soldiers responded with antiriot measures. Several of the rioters were injured.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 8 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.

IDF soldiers overnight Sunday seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered a cache of weapons in the village of Nur a-Shams, in the Binyamin region, and in Kalkilye. 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.

Overnight Sunday, Arabs threw a firebomb at the Gilboa checkpoint, in northern Shomron. The checkpoint was closed at the time. IDF soldiers on guard at the site opened a search for the culprits. There were no injuries or damage reported.