Soldiers from a special IDF unit on Saturday morning uncovered an explosive belt weighing seven to 10 kilograms (15.4 to 22 pounds), destined to be used in a terror attack at a crowded place in Israel.
The belt was detonated in a controlled manner. There were no reports of injuries. Two members of the terror group connected to the explosive belt were captured.
Several days ago, the defense establishment received a concrete warning on a plan to carry out a terror attack from the northern West Bank. Following the warning, the army boosted its operations, particularly in the Nablus area.
Some of the group members were captured in the past two days. The belt was caught Saturday morning in a Palestinian car.
Number of warnings up
Border Guard sappers were dispatched to the area and detonated the belt in a controlled manner.
The group members were taken into interrogation by security forces.
Since the holiday of Purim, IDF soldiers have been operating in the Nablus and northern West Bank area against terrorists attempting to carry out terror attacks.
Security officials told Ynet that since the beginning of the year, the defense establishment has seen a considerable rise in terror organizations' attempts to carry out attacks, as well as in the number of warnings.
It is still unclear whether one organization was behind the plan to carry out an attack. Terror organizations in Nablus are known for working in cooperation.