Hawara checkpoint
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Pipe bomb uncovered at Hawara checkpoint
IDF troops apprehend Palestinian youth arriving from Nablus after discovering explosive device hidden in his bag

IDF troops guarding Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, apprehended a Palestinian youth after a pipe bomb was found on his person. The bomb was detonated in a controlled environment, and the youth was transferred to security forces for questioning.


The youth arrived from the direction of Nablus on Saturday, and roused the suspicion of the soldiers. They asked him to lower his bag and step back, and a search of the bag revealed the pipe bomb.


During the search a number of Palestinians at the checkpoint advanced towards the soldiers, and warning shots were fired into the air as a response. The checkpoint was closed following the incident.


Earlier Palestinian sources reported that a young man was seriously wounded and another one lightly injured by IDF fire during a clash in the Fara refugee camp near Nablus.


The sources said the military operation was aimed at apprehending a wanted man from al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing. The sources said the incident ended without arrest.


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