600 People Daven at Kever Yehoshua

IDF soldiers guard outside the kever of Yehoshua. (IDF Spokesman)

Some 600 people davened at Kever Yehoshua in Shomron on Wednesday night. The visitors were accompanied by dozens of IDF soldiers, who provided security. Kever Yehoshua is located in the Arab village of Kifl Harith, located in central Shomron, across from the city of Ariel. Entry into the village is permitted only by special IDF permits, which are generally issued five times a year. Visitors included residents of communities across the country. There were no security incidents reported during the event.

Soldiers, working with police, overnight Wednesday discovered and seized weapons in Arab villages in Shomron, along with terror funds. Among the weapons were M-16 rifles. 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 Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 15 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.