Israel security forces - the IDF, the police, and the Shin Bet - cooperated in what was their biggest set of raids this year, carried out in the West Bank this morning. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that during the operation, dozens of illegal weapons were seized and terrorists were arrested in Hebron and Bethlehem:
In total, seven illegal gun workshops were raided and 22 pieces of gunsmithing machinery — drill presses and metal lathes — were seized, along with “approximately 50 weapons,” including handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles and Carlo-style submachine guns, a cheap and simple automatic weapon loosely based off the design of the Carl Gustav submachine gun, the official said.
Security forces also recovered ammunition and dozens of gun pieces — grips, barrels, stocks, etc. — that would have been used to create more weapons, the official added.
Two of the alleged manufacturers were arrested in the raids. The suspects do not appear to be connected to any terrorist groups, but were more likely driven by financial motives, the army source said.
“It seems to be a combination of market demand and the ability to manufacture,” he said...