The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) carried out an overnight arms raid early on Tuesday targeting illegal gun makers in the West Bank.
Working with the IDF and Israel Police, the domestic intelligence agency operated in Hebron and Yatir, arresting five suspected weapons traffickers and manufacturers, who led security forces to a broad range of weapons.
During the operation, the Shin Bet recovered M-16 assault rifle components, a large quantity of ammunition, pipe bombs, and knives. It also shut down a gun production workshop, and seized 150,000 shekels of suspected arms deals profits.
All of the suspects were taken for questioning, the shin Bet said. It vowed to "use all means" to track down and capture illegal arms, and prosecute those behind weapons trade, adding that such activities enable terrorists to conduct armed attacks.
The latest operation is part of a series of steps aimed at decreasing the numbers of guns in the West Bank.
Security forces launched a large-scale arms raid in Jenin overnight between Sunday and Monday, seizing large quantities of firearms, and shutting down two gun production workshops in the West Bank city.
The IDF and Border Police seized automatic rifles, handguns, gun parts, and ammunition during the security operation.