Photo Credit: Israel Police spokesperson's unit
Improvised weapons and an Al-Fatah mask manufactured by minors, seized in sting operation in Beit Fajar, in Gush Etzion.

Another cell of underage Arab weapons makers has been arrested in Judea, once again in the village of Beit Fajar in Gush Etzion. The kids were involved in the manufacture and maintenance of improved guns, according to a spokesperson for Israel Police.


On Wednesday night detectives from Judea and Samaria regional police, Border Guard Police officers, IDF soldiers and the Israel Security Agency Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency carried out a joint sting operation in Beit Fajar, where a number of weapons were seized.

Makeshift weapons

Six improvised guns were seized along with a mask from the Al-Fatah terrorist organization and leading faction of the Palestinian Authority. Seven minors were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the manufacture of the arms. All were turned over to security personnel for interrogation.

According to the Tracking Terrorism website, “Al-Fatah rejects the legitimacy of Israel and espouses violence as a means to drive Israel out of Palestine,” to this day.

Just a week ago, Israeli security forces announced the arrest of a children’s weapons-making cell in the same village. Four suspects were arrested and some of their equipment was seized.

“This arrest and seizure joins the dozens of others in the war on illegal weapons,” said Israel Police. “Our security forces will continue to fight tireless, with determination and without compromise with all relevant parties to reduce the number of weapons held illegally.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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