Confiscated bulletproof vests and helmets.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Israel Police)
A small weapons cache was seized in a raid on a house in an Arab-Israeli town on
Thursday, Sharon District Police reported.
The raid in Jaljulya, near
Rosh Ha’ayin, turned up 30 ceramic bulletproof vests, five combat helmets, two
Glock pistols with ammunition, and hundreds of thousands of shekels in cash.
Sharon District Police said they also found documents indicating business deals
worth millions of shekels.
The police said the raid is part of an ongoing
operation being carried out over the past month throughout the triangle region,
where around 300 police and border policemen are fighting the illegal possession
of firearms, mainly in the Arab sector.
Police are also cooperating in
the raids with officials from the National Electric Corporation and the tax
Police said they are not sure whether or not the weapons and
equipment seized in Thursday’s raid were intended for criminal use or to carry
out terror attacks, but that they are currently focusing on the criminal
In a picture released by Israel Police, it can clearly be
seen that many of the vests and helmets had the words "Press" or "TV"
written on them, possibly indicating that the assailants intended to use
the equipment to pose as journalists.
Police also also said that the resident of the house was not someone
known to be part of a crime family.
Meanwhile, police in Taiba arrested a
local man after finding his four uncovered magazines and 660 bullets of various
calibers, as well as an IDF smoke grenade. Police said the 52-year-old resident
has been taken in for questioning.