Author: Anna Ahronheim
Posted on November 6, 2016
IDF soldiers in Hebron. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Palestinian Authority security forces foiled a terror attack against Israeli Defense Forces this weekend.
The sophisticated attack was thwarted after the IDF received intelligence from PA security about an explosive device attached to a barrier that separates the Israeli side of Hebron from the Palestinian side.
A Palestinian security source said that the suspected attacker, who was arrested on Friday before he could carry out the attack, was a resident of the West Bank town of Qalqilya and was part of a cell which was based abroad.
He had planned to throw a Molotov cocktail towards IDF forces and escape, planning to remotely detonate the device, a 12kg gas cylinder, while being pursued in order to maximize the number of casualties.
Palestinian security forces immediately informed the IDF and Israeli police and the device was safely detonated by the police on Friday night. Footage captured by residents showed a large fireball, but no injuries were reported.
Since the beginning of the latest wave of violence to hit Israel and the West Bank, numerous attacks have been thwarted in and around Hebron, a stronghold of the Islamist movement Hamas.
On November 1, Israeli border police thwarted an attack by a Palestinian woman near the Cave of the Patriarchs. She had been carrying two large knives in her purse and had been planning a stabbing attack against Israelis.
As part of the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Palestinian security forces have stopped many attacks in the West Bank, and a Palestinian security source said that they “expect that the Israelis would do the same” to prevent attacks against Palestinians.