Watch: IDF op nabs arms stashes in Arab villages

Nighttime raids net assault rifles, other deadly weapons, hidden in Palestinian villages in Samaria.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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While most Israelis slept, IDF forces were hard at work last night in the hills of Samaria, locating illegal weapons hidden in Palestinian Arab villages.

Such raids are mounted on a daily basis, as part of security forces' efforts to stem the tide of terror attacks.

During the operation, soldiers seized a number of weapons including M-16 assault rifles, pistols, bullets, magazines, night-vision goggles, binoculars and other military equipment used in the preparation of terror attacks, as well as drugs.

Further south, in Judea, IDF forces demolished the homes of two terrorists who murdered five people on the same day.

The overnight demolitions west of Hevron targeted the homes of two men said behind November 19 knife and car-ramming attacks in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv and at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem.

Mohammed al-Harub opened fire at the junction, then rammed his car into a group of pedestrians. /News/News.aspx/203655Two Israelis and one Palestinian bystander were killed.

The same day, Raid Masalmeh stabbed two Israelis to death outside a synagogue in a Tel Aviv office block.

It was one of the deadliest days for Israelis since a wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks erupted in October.

Harub's home was in Dayr Samet while Masalmeh's was in Dura, both west of Hevron. Both men were apprehended and arrested shortly after their attacks.

AFP contributed to this report.