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Three Palestinians who stole weapons from the IDF were arrested overnight, the Shin Bet said in a statement.
According to the Shin Bet, 29 year-old Ghoma Khaled Diab Amr, 19 year-old Yazid Zahi Ahmed Abu Ali and 48 year-old Ghannam Mohammed Saleh Abu Muhsun, stole weapons from IDF bases and then trafficked them.
The joint Shin Bet, IDF and police operation caught the cell, from the northern West Bank town of Taysir of with ammunition, smoke grenades, RPGs.
Israeli security forces, including the Shin Bet intelligence agency, Israeli Defense Forces and police, have increased their efforts to uncover unofficial workshops producing illegal weapons, carrying out near-nightly raids in the West Bank, shutting down weapons factories and confiscating arms, greatly reducing the number of illegal weapons that could end up in the hands of potential attackers.