An 18-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab was arrested, Tuesday morning, when the large sack he was carrying caught the attention of a paratrooper at the Training Base 3 Junction, between a base of the Shomron (Samaria) Division and a road leading up to the Jewish community of Har Bracha. The sack was found to contain two pipe bombs, a firebomb and ammunition. A search of the area produced another pipe bomb.
The site of the incident was meters away from the Hawara checkpoint, which was ordered open by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Shomron Regional Council praised the alertness of the paratrooper and called for the reclosing of the checkpoint, where weapons were intercepted on a regular basis.