19 Arab Terror Suspects Arrested

A customer drawing cash from a Bank Leumi ATM in Yerushalayim. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A Yerushalayim Arab has been charged in a series of thefts from elderly people. The Arab stole money from elderly people at ATM machines, claiming to be a bank employee helping customers use the machine. When the money came out of the machine, he would abscond with the money.

Overnight Wednesday, IDF soldiers seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in several Arab villages in the Binyamin region. 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.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 19 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.