Israel arrests 2 PA intel officers, 2 others for illegal arms production, dealing

Two Palestinian Authority intelligence personnel among group of four nabbed in the West Bank, the Shin Bet announced Monday.

July 11, 2016 09:27

Gun seized by Israeli security forces. (photo credit: SHIN BET)

Security forces on Sunday night arrested four Palestinians, including two Palestinian Authority intelligence personnel, suspected of weapons manufacturing and dealing in the West Bank, the Shin Bet announced Monday.

As part of the operation in the village of Orif near Nablus, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), IDF forces and police forces seized a cache of improvised weapons and ammunition in addition to four lathes used to make arms.

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The arrested suspects were named as PA general intelligence officers Ezzam Najah Sharif Safadi, 39 and Ali Najah Sharif Safadi, 41, along with Saadi Najah Sharif Safadi, 46, and Najah Assad Najah Safadi, 24. All four are residents of Orif.

According to the Shin Bet, the weapons produced by the cell were sold in various places across the West Bank.

Investigations estimate that the four even used their contacts to engage with Israeli arms dealers. 

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