An unidentified 55-year-old Arab man from east Jerusalem was arrested in his home by police during the early hours of Sunday morning for harboring an illegal improvised automatic weapon, as well as a cache of bullets.
According to police, the arrest, which took place after extensive intelligence was gathered, is part of ongoing Border Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) activities in Jerusalem and the West Bank to shut down illegal weapons rings and factories.
“There are joint operations between Border Police and the IDF taking place in Judea and Samaria in order to find the factories where they are made,” Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Sunday.
“We’re trying to get a hold of these weapons, including Carl Gustav rifles, and prevent those weapons from getting inside the city,” he added, noting that several successful West Bank factory raids have taken place over the past year.
“Operations are also taking place in the capital’s different Arab neighborhoods, including in Shuafat, to ensure those weapons are not used to carry out a terrorist attack, or other criminal-related activities,” Rosenfeld continued.
Following questioning, the suspect was arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where he was charged with possession of an illegal weapon. It remains unclear if the judge extended his remand.
“Police operations continue in and around the different neighborhoods of the city to prevent terror attacks and other criminal-related incidents,” Rosenfeld said.