Israel cracks down on Arab workshops producing guns for terrorists

Israeli security forces are cracking down on metal workshops in Judea and Samaria, suspected of manufacturing a crude homemade gun, which has emerged as the weapon of choice for Arab terrorists in months of deadly terror attacks on civilians and soldiers— including in this week’s Tel Aviv shooting that murdered four Israelis.

Welded together from spare parts of various weapons and pipes, it looks like a short-barreled sub-machine gun, with a long magazine.

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The weapon, known by its street name “Carlo,” was used by the two Arab terrorists who killed four people and wounded many others in a popular Tel Aviv area filled with crowded shops and restaurants on Wednesday night, as well as in several other terror attacks since the current wave of Palestinian terror erupted in September.

“There has been an increase in security operations in and around the Judea and Samaria area to try and find factories where the weapons are made,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Associated Press.

He said the quality of the workmanship varies from gun to gun, depending on the materials and the manufacturer.

Palestinians have used them “in a number of terrorist attacks over the past few months,” Rosenfeld said.

According to an Israeli intelligence official, the homemade gun has become the weapon of choice for Arab terrorists, ousting the Kalashnikov that has traditionally been in use.

Carlo’s popularity stems from availability, he added.

“Real weapons” are now hard to find and expensive in Judea and Samaria due to raids carried out by Israel as well as those undertaken by forces of the Palestinian government, which rules about a third of the territory.

Carlo is somewhat based on the Swedish “Carl Gustav” sub-machine gun because it’s easy to copy with the materials at hand, the intelligence official said. Hundreds are believed to be in circulation, he added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to reporters.