'Important' Terror Suspects Captured in IDF Samaria Operation
A senior IDF source from the Judea and Samaria Division has revealed that important catches were recorded among the 41 Hamas terrorists arrested Tuesday, in the environs of Shechem (Nablus) and Balata in Samaria.
"In Shechem we caught wanted (terrorists) that are important to us in terms of (gathering) intelligence," said the source.
In the process of the arrests four M16 semi-automatic assault rifles, frag grenades and other weapons were seized. Additionally, a weapons laboratory designed to produce submachine guns was exposed.
It was reported that the operation was coordinated with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, which were waiting outside the periphery at the time IDF forces were engaged in the operation. The PA has reportedly threatened to end its unity deal with Hamas over the kidnapping, even as it celebrates it.
The senior source noted that the operations were planned in advance, but only were acted upon now following the orders to destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, an order given after Hamas kidnapped three teenage students last Thursday.
"We are taking action in recent days so as to eradicate the Hamas infrastructure in the region, and we will continue as long as that is required," said the source.
An additional source said following the operations that "our goal is to clean the stables" in Judea and Samaria.
Security forces have been cracking down on Hamas terrorists in the region since the operation started last Thursday night, arresting roughly 200 of the terrorists as of now, including the second-in-line to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas leader Hassan Yousef.
Weapons seized during IDF raids in Judea and Samaria Monday night: