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IDF patrol in Judea and Samaria

IDF forces, Shin Bet intelligence agents, Border Guard Police and Israel Police arrested eight wanted individuals in the Palestinian Authority who are suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terror, and violent disturbances against civilians and soldiers.

The suspects were transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

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During the arrest process, security forces operated with the Etzion Regional Brigade in the so-called Deheishe “refugee camp.”

The Arab suburb south of Bethlehem has, over the past decades, morphed into a village and today is larger than some Israeli Jewish communities.

The operation was carried out in cooperation with the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the Border Police and the Israel Police. Two suspects were arrested inside the refugee camp for terrorist activity, popular terror and incrimination. In addition, the forces seized a lathe that was used to produce weapons.

Violent riots broke out, with residents hurling stones and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at the Israeli forces as they carried out the arrests. The soldiers used standard riot dispersal methods to break up the attacks.

Arab media also reported that one Palestinian Authority resident was found dead after the riots, and a second one was wounded. The report is under investigation, the IDF said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.