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Israeli news site: 'Palestinian security thwarts major terror attack'

Aug. 24, 2018 1:45 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 4:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli news outlet Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet) reported that Palestinian security services thwarted a serious attack allegedly involving an extremely powerful bomb on Route 443, between southwestern Ramallah and Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank.

The attack reportedly intended to bomb an Israeli forces convoy in an attempt to sabotage efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Ynet reported that "two sources familiar with the attempted bombing who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue confirmed the details that were first published in Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday morning."

The Israeli news site added that the bomb was placed and later found between the Beit Liqya and Beit Anan village in southwestern Ramallah and al-Bireh district, south of Route 443 in Area C, that is under full Israeli control.

The bomb was reportedly was made by assembling two gas canisters together and attached to an explosive device; the bomb also contained a large number of nails.

Units of Palestinian engineers dismantled the bomb.

Israeli forces and patrols frequently use the road on their way to carry out overnight raids and operations inside the West Bank.

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