IDF arrests 2 Palestinians suspected of instigating violence

IDF arrests 2 Palestinians suspected of instigating violence

In separate West Bank raid, soldiers and police discover hidden ammunition and weapon parts

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers during search patrols in the West Bank, June 16, 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90

Israeli army forces operating in the West Bank arrested overnight two Palestinians suspected of instigating riots and carrying out violent acts against Israeli civilians and security forces, the IDF said Wednesday.

One of the men was arrested in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, while the other was apprehended northeast of Hebron. The two were transferred to a security facility for interrogation.

In a separate operation on Wednesday, IDF soldiers discovered hidden ammunition and weapon parts during a raid in the West Bank village of Si’ir, north of Hebron. The ammunition and weapon parts were taken to a security facility for further examination.


Also on Wednesday, a Palestinian woman and young man attacked border guards with a knife at the Qalandiya crossing in the West Bank, police said, and were gunned down by forces on the scene. No Israeli forces were injured in the incident, but the two assailants were killed in the attempted assault at the Qalandiya checkpoint, police said.


On Tuesday, three Palestinians from Nablus suspected of plotting a terrorist attack against Israelis were arrested overnight in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, the Shin Bet security agency said. The joint police and Shin Bet sting operation nabbed the three, who were allegedly planning a terror attack in Jerusalem over the Passover holiday.


The Shin Bet said that the three had no weapons on their persons at the time of their arrest, but “expressed the intention to carry out a terror attack in the immediate future.”


The three were all residents of the West Bank city of Nablus, but were located in an East Jerusalem apartment at the time of their arrest. It was not immediately clear if they were simply passing through the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood or had been illegally living there for some time. The suspects reportedly did not have an arrest record nor were they known members of a terrorist organization.


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