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IDF Raids Illegal Palestinian Weapons Factories, Confiscates Firearms

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Inside one of the illegal weapons factories raided by the IDF Wednesday. Photo: IDF. – In a joint operation between Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and the IDF, early-morning raids Wednesday shuttered three illegal Palestinian weapons factories near Hebron.

No arrests were made during the raids, but security forces confiscated equipment and firearm parts, and sealed the weapons factories shut.

Wednesday’s raids on the Hebron-based firearm manufacturers are part of a broader ongoing crackdown against illegal Palestinian weapons factories operating throughout Judea and Samaria, the IDF stated.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Israeli security initiative has shut down 12 similar weapons facilities and seized more than 110 firearms.

Responding to the uptick in Palestinian terrorism since October 2015, the IDF has targeted illegal weapons factories in Judea and Samaria to pre-empt terror attacks at their source.

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