Soldiers Head Off Arab Tire-Burning, Possible Riot

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A Palestinian protester moves a burning tire during clashes with IDF troops near Beit El. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman, File)

Observant IDF troops on Sunday night headed off a possible riot when they caught Arabs in the act of lighting a tire fire on a main road in Gush Etzion, Channel 20 reported. The fire was spotted soon after it was started by a soldier in a lookout post. Soldiers were sent out who immediately confronted the group, members of which were arrested and questioned.

Overnight Sunday, IDF soldiers seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in the Arab village of Atil in Shomron. Among the weapons was an M-16 rifle. The owner of the house where the weapons were discovered 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 Sunday, security officials said they arrested 20 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.