Two suspects arrested by Israeli security forces for aiding Elad terrorists

Israeli forces were reportedly under heavy fire in east Jerusalem and the West Bank on Wednesday night during an arrest operation.

Police arrest 11 suspects, confiscate dozens of weapons in Shuafat in east Jerusalem, Oct. 2020 (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Police arrest 11 suspects, confiscate dozens of weapons in Shuafat in east Jerusalem, Oct. 2020
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Security forces operated in a number of areas throughout the West Bank to arrest wanted persons suspected of terrorist activities, including in the Palestinian villages of Madama and Katabiya as well as in the city of Hebron, arresting seven on Wednesday night.

The forces also operated in the villages of Bruqin and Romana in the Menashe Territorial Brigade area and arrested two wanted persons suspected of aiding the terrorists who carried out the terror attack in Elad.

Two more were arrested by the end of the night, totaling nine, in addition to several illegal weapons that were confiscated. They were all transferred for questioning.

Molotov cocktails were thrown toward Border Police forces in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Palestinian media reported on Wednesday night.

Videos shared on social media show the incendiary weapon hurled toward the Israeli officers, who appeared to escape unharmed.

Elsewhere, Palestinian rioters also reportedly opened fire at Israeli forces near the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem.

Additionally, clashes were reported to have broken out near the Palestinian West Bank village of 'Anin. According to Israeli media, rioters fired toward IDF forces operating in the area.

No injuries or damage to property was reported.

The clashes came the night of a controversy-ridden day in the West Bank due to the killing of veteran Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli operation in Jenin.

51-year-old dual American-Palestinian Abu Akleh, from Beit Hanina, was struck in the ear by a bullet, although she was wearing a helmet, while covering an IDF raid in the West Bank city.

Clashes in the city began after IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Border Police forces carried out arrest operations, including in the Jenin refugee camp near the town of Burkin, and in a number of other locations across the West Bank.

Despite Palestinians and their supporters blaming Israel for the journalist's death, an initial investigation by Israeli and Palestinian officials could not yet determine who is responsible for Abu Akleh's death.

Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.