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Undercover police officers arrest Arab rioters in Judea and Samaria.

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Arabs and Israeli security forces clash in Bethlehem
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Arabs continued to riot and clash with security forces throughout Judea and Samaria on Friday. The focal point of the riots was Kikar Ayosh, between Ramallah and Beit El, where dozens of rioters gathered.

The rioters burned tires, blocked roads and threw rocks at the security forces. Undercover Border Police officers who were deployed to the scene and were able to integrate into the crowd arrested three masked men who actively participated in the riots.

The suspects, Palestinian Arabs from Ramallah, were transferred for further questioning by security officers.

“The fighters of the Israel Police and the IDF will continue to act against any attempt to disturb the calm in Judea and Samaria, using skilled, determined and, as we saw in this incident, even undercover forces against the rioters in order to arrest them,” said a statement from the Border Police.

“The cooperation between the security forces, including the IDF and the Israel Police, strengthens the security of Israeli citizens,” it added.

The Arab riots have been ongoing since Israel placed new security measures on the Temple Mount following the terror attack two weeks ago at the compound.

For nearly two weeks, Muslims had largely avoided the Mount, praying instead near entrances to the holy site in protest of the new security measures.

The riots continued, however, even after Israel removed the security measures. Roughly 100 people were injured in the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday, shortly after Muslim worshippers returned to the Temple Mount.

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