Photo Credit: courtesy, Shin Bet
Weapon seized in Israeli joint security raid in Binyamin region

Agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) carried out a joint operation together with IDF soldiers and Israel Police last month to solve shooting attacks being carried out along the main arteries in the Binyamin region.

A few hours after a shooting attack that took place on 27 January 2017, forces arrested two 17-year-old residents of the Arab village of Deir Abu Masha’al in western Binyamin area.

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In the course of the investigation it was learned that the two had opened fire in two separate attacks against Israeli drivers whose vehicles were passing on the road in western Binyamin, not far from the Jewish community of Halamish (Neveh Tzuf), on 14 November 2016 and 27 January 2017. The two were also involved in additional attacks. There were no physical injuries in any of the incidents.

Police seized two makeshift “Carlo Gustav” submachine guns; ballistics tests showed that they matched shell casings found at the attack scenes.

“The foregoing again shows the involvement of minors in severe terrorist actions as well as the tangible security danger posed by the accessibility of improvised weapons,” the Shin Bet intelligence agency said in its statement.

The Shin Bet, along with the IDF and Israel Police, “views these acts of terrorism with utmost gravity and will act to prevent and thwart terrorist activity and attacks.”

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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.