For the third time in recent weeks, IDF forces have discovered explosive devices in the northern Jordan Valley, reports the IDF Website. Early Tuesday morning, IDF forces conducted an operation in the Arab village of Tamun, near Bekaot. Based on intelligence information, the forces conducted searches during which five hidden explosive charges were found. The devices were neutralized in a controlled manner by sappers and three Arabs were detained and taken in for questioning by security forces.
Unlike other weaponry found in the area recently, the explosive devices uncovered were ready for immediate activation and were relatively large and complex. Previous devices found were smaller and more improvised, made from old deodorant containers and bottles.
The IDF's Jordan Valley Brigade has identified a trend in which hostile activity is spilling over from the Shechem region to the Jordan Valley region. IDF Website's Florit Shoihet wrote that the Jordan Valley Brigade is emphasizing that it will do whatever it takes to thwart this trend, due to the importance of creating a buffer between Judea and Samaria and the country of Jordan, with which Israel has a peace agreement.
Two weeks ago, four improvised explosive devices were discovered at the Bekaot Crossing. Two Arabs were arrested following the incident. A month ago, military police uncovered seven improvised explosive devices, three knives, and 50 bullets amongst a Palestinian's possessions.