IDF uncovers explosive devices in northern Jordan Valley

The explosives charges that were found

Five explosive devices found during operation in Tamon, near Bekaot; three Palestinians detained

Date: 08/05/2012, 1:49 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

For the third time in recent weeks, IDF (Zahal) forces have discovered explosive devices in the northern Jordan Valley. Early Tuesday morning (May 8), IDF (Zahal) forces conducted an operation in the village of Tamon, 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 Palestinians were detained and taken in for questioning by security forces.

In contrast to 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.

According to the IDF (Zahal)’s Jordan Valley Brigade, there is a trend of hostile activities moving from the Nablus region to the Jordan Valley region. 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 uncovered at the Bekaot Crossing. Two Palestinians 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.