52nd Arab Teenage Bomber This Year Apprehended Near Shechem
IDF soldiers arrested a 15-year-old Arab armed with a bomb at a checkpoint outside Shechem (Nablus) Tuesday. He was the 52nd Arab teen caught attempting to carry out a bomb attack this year.
First Publish: 5/25/2005, 1:55 PM / Last Update: 5/25/2005, 3:11 PM
The boy was spotted near the Hawara checkpoint by alert soldiers who discovered two pipe bombs hidden on his person.
On Sunday, a 14-year-old Arab wearing a bomb belt was arrested at the same checkpoint.
Though the Palestinian Authority has promised to stop terrorism against Israel, a PA official had a response of a different nature to the bombs. PA information ministry director Ahmed Subh told the Iranian News Agency that the PA believes the child bombers were faked by Israel. "I am 100% sure that these incidents are fabricated from A to Z by the Shin Bet," he said. "We must note that these concocted stories… are meant to serve and justify the overall Israeli posture, especially the unmitigated theft of Palestinian land and Israel's refusal to take its troops and tanks from Palestinian towns."
In other life-threatening security incidents, a motorist whose vehicle broke down just north of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev was attacked with rocks by Arabs from the village of Hizmeh. The incident occurred not far from the checkpoint between Jerusalem and Samaria. No injuries resulted from the attack.
In addition, a bus was attacked today by Arab rock throwers from Silat a-Dahar between the communities of Homesh and Sa-Nur in the northern Shomron. Several passengers were lightly injured.
Early this morning, terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers in the northern Shomron community of Ganim. No injuries were reported.
Ganim, Homesh and Sa-Nur are all communities slated for destruction under the disengagement/expulsion plan.
Another community slated for destruction, Netzarim, in the central Gaza coast, was struck by an Arab-fired mortar shell overnight. The shell landed in the hothouse area of the community, and failed to inflict injury.