The IDF rounded up 120 terrorists, mostly from Hamas, in Judea and Samaria Saturday night during the rocket barrage on southern Israel, according to Arab sources. An IDF spokeswoman told Arutz Sheva, “We are not making any comment.”
Military and security forces often arrest terrorists at night but not on such a large-scale, and Saturday night’s counter terrorist operations may be geared towards preventing a spillover of Gaza violence into Judea and Samaria.
The Fatah-based Palestinian Authority is officially responsible for security in most urban areas but has not been able to contain Hamas terrorists without help from the IDF.
More than 50 army jeeps pounced on terrorists in Hevron Saturday night, according to the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA, the largest sweep since 2003.
One of those arrested was Hamas legislator Mohammed Mutliq Abu Juheisha.
Several groups of rioters threw rocks and stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets. Rocks also shattered the glass of several Israeli civilian vehicles north of Hevron on Highway 60.
Arab and pro-Arab sources exaggerated the figures, with the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency reporting that 100 military vehicles entered Hevron, while the left-wing International Solidarity Movement (ISM) stated on its website that IDF forces arrested 250 people.
It also spread the libel that “settlers” ran over a 17-year-old Arab near Kiryat Arba-Hevron, but then added “details have yet to be confirmed.”