In an overnight raid in Judea and Samaria, security forces arrested 31 wanted individuals, marked the homes of two Palestinian terrorists and found several weapons.

A total of 31 wanted terrorists were arrested overnight Wednesday/Thursday in a wide-scale operation in Judea and Samaria conducted by the IDF and the Border Police. An official statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that five of those arrested are suspected of being involved in disorderly conduct while seven are suspected of being Hamas operatives.

The IDF also marked the homes of Abd al-Rahman Hamadan Ata and Mahmad Abd al-Kadar, who carried out terror attacks on Tuesday. Ata was a resident of the town of Zawiya located southeast of Qalqilya who carried out a stabbing attack in Petah Tikva in which he wounded an Israeli man before being stabbed by his victim. Al-Kadar was a resident of Hajjah northeast of Qalqilya who carried out one of the bloodiest stabbing attacks in the current wave of terror on Tuesday night when he murdered American tourist Taylor Force and wounded 10 others.

Additionally, two homes were marked for demolition in the village of Aqab located in the Binyamin region. The homes belonged to the two terrorists who attempted to carry out two consecutive shooting attacks in the capital on Wednesday – one in the neighborhood of Ramot in northern Jerusalem, and the other near Damascus Gate in the Old City.

“The Binyamin Brigade and Judea and Samaria police found a handgun, an Uzi rifle, two magazines, and 9mm bullets in a separate operation to search for weapons in the village of Bir Nabala, northeast of Jerusalem. Furthermore, the General Security Service and the Menashe Brigade found two magazines along with a stash of bullets in a search for weapons in the Ya’bad village, west of Jenin,” the IDF statement said.

By: Alexander J. Apfel/TPS