Yatta Resident Arrested With M16 Rifle

Some of the weapons seized in the Monday night raids. (Police Spokesman)

IDF soldiers overnight Monday seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in the Arab town of Yatta, near Chevron. In addition, security officials arrested an individual in Yatta who was found to be in possession of an M16 rifle. She was questioned and released. Further arrests are expected in the case, officials said.

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 Monday, 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.