2 teens arrested, weapons confiscated in raid on West Bank settlement

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two teens were arrested during a raid on the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on suspicion of throwing rocks at a Palestinian car.

During the arrest raid on Tuesday, Judea and Samaria District Police also found ammunition, detonators and a slingshot in the Od Yosef Chai synagogue in Yitzhar, which is home to a yeshiva as well.

The teens, ages 16 and 18, were questioned and later released, the police said in a statement.

“We take very seriously every case of illegally stored weapons, and we will enforce the law everywhere,” police said.

The yeshiva reportedly has accused the police of using excessive force during the raid, according to the Israeli news website Walla.

In January, six youths from Yitzhar were sentenced to eight months in prison for attacking Israeli security forces, including throwing rocks and burning tires.

Yitzhar is home to many of the so-called “hilltop youth,” known for price tag attacks and other violence against Palestinians and security forces.

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