After days of unrest in Judea and Samaria in the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF conducted a large-scale arrest campaign in the area overnight Wednesday. The IDF was assisted by the Israel Police and Border Guards. Fifty-five terrorists were arrested in the campaign, among them members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah. Among the detainees were members of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
In a statement, the IDF said that the arrests were conducted “thanks to the IDF's intelligence capabilities in Judea and Samaria. The IDF will continue to act to keep order in all areas, and to prevent terror attacks in Israel's heartland.”
Meanwhile, a number of security incidents were reported Wednesday night. A terrorist fired at an Israeli bus in Gush Etzion, apparently shooting from a passing car. No one was injured, but the bus was damaged. Near Psagot in the Binyamin region, Arab terrorists threw a firebomb at an IDF patrol. Soldiers launched a search for the terrorists. No arrests have been made yet.
There were also numerous reports of rock-throwing throughout Judea and Samaria Wednesday night, the IDF said.