Security Forces Shoot Arab Who Tried to Break Checkpoint

IDF soldiers patrol at a market in the West Bank city of Chevron. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Security forces shot and killed an Arab who was driving at high speed and attempting to break through an IDF checkpoint. The driver, wearing a black mask covering his face, approached the checkpoint on Road 90 in the Jordan Valley at high speed, and refused to slow down or stop. The checkpoint had been set up specifically to stop this vehicle, which had been reported to authorities as driving at high speed and behaving suspiciously.

The vehicle stopped after soldiers fired at it. Two people in the back of the vehicle ran away, and soldiers examining the vehicle discovered tools for breaking into houses, as well as weapons.

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, IDF soldiers seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in the Arab town of Yatta near Chevron. Among the weapons was an M-16 rifle. The owner of the house was arrested and questioned on what the weapons were doing there.

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.

Also overnight, security officials said they arrested six 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.

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