IDF Uncovers Weapons Cache in Nablus

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- In an overnight sting operation in Nablus based on intelligence information, Israeli soldiers uncovered a sizable weapons cache.

The soldiers confiscated more than 100 ammunition clips and other types of ammunition, parts of an M-16 rifle, two pistols and a variety of other military equipment, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office said in a statement Thursday.

In similar counterterrorism operations over the past two months, counterterrorism units have uncovered quantities of bullets, improvised weapons, ammunition clips, Molotov cocktails, pistols, rifles, stolen military equipment and knives, the statement said.

The IDF has stepped up its efforts to counter increasing attacks on Israelis living and traveling in Judea and Samaria.

"More than a dozen shooting incidents were reported since the beginning of 2013 in Judea and Samaria," IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. "Such counterterrorism activities in the region are crucial to the prevention of such incidents."

In a separate matter, the IDF Military Court in Samaria indicted three Palestinian Authority police officers for the murder of 25-year-old Ben Yosef Livnat, brother of Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports MK Limor Livnat, on April 24, 2011.

Livnat, a father of four, was killed when five Palestinian policemen opened fire at a car traveling to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus (biblical Shechem). Four other passengers were injured in the shooting.

The IDF and Shin Bet arrested three of the suspects on May 22, when the P.A. released them after a two-year prison term for "firing their weapons in the air."

Israeli officials say two other policemen took part in the assault. One is still in a P.A. prison while the other is reportedly hiding in a government building in Ramallah.

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