IDF soldiers overnight Monday discovered and dismantled weapons caches that were stored in houses in Chevron and Jenin. Seapons and associated materials, including Carlo submachine guns and ammunition, were removed from both locations. The residents of the houses were arrested and questioned on the source of the weapons.
In a statement, security officials 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 17 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.