Hawara checkpoint
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Palestinian caught with 6 pipe bombs at Nablus checkpoint

Soldiers manning Hawara checkpoint in West Bank apprehend 18-year-old carrying explosive devices, bullet cartridge and what appears to be gunpowder; checkpoint temporality closed

IDF soldiers manning the Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus apprehended on Sunday an 18-year-old Palestinian who was carrying six pipe bombs, a bullet cartridge and a bag full of what appeared to be gunpowder.


Border Guard sappers were dispatched to the scene to neutralize the explosive devices.


Following the incident Palestinian movement through the checkpoint was temporarily suspended. The Palestinian teen was taken in for questioning by security personnel.


In recent years the army has foiled numerous attempts to smuggle explosives and weapons through Hawara, which is located south of Nablus. Three weeks ago a 20-year-old Palestinian carrying three explosive devices was shot dead by soldiers at the checkpoint.


Earlier on Sunday the IDF removed 10 roadblocks in the south Mount Hebron region in accordance with Defense Minister Ehud Barak's order to ease restrictions on Palestinian residents of the West Bank.


Security sources told Ynet that the lifting of roadblocks would allow terrorists to travel more freely throughout the West Bank.


פרסום ראשון: 06.08.08, 17:26
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