IDF Troops in Nablus Arrest Palestinian Teen Carrying Pipe Bombs

PA police officers exchange gunfire with militants in Jenin; bystander lightly wounded.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Tuesday arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian boy at a West Bank checkpoint, who was found to be carrying two pipe bombs intended for attacks against Israelis.

It was the second such arrest of a teenager at the Hawara checkpoint, on the outskirts of Nablus, in the past two days.

On Sunday, troops at the checkpoint arrested a 14-year-old with two pipe bombs strapped to his body, apparently planning to carry out a suicide attack at the crossing.

In the more than four years of violence, IDF soldiers have stopped youths carrying explosives at checkpoints, and teenagers have carried out several of the more than 100 suicide bombings.

PA police battle militants in JeninAlso Tuesday, a gunbattle erupted between militants and Palestinian Authority police in the West Bank city of Jenin.

One bystander was lightly wounded in the incident that began when the militants refused to hand over the stolen car in which they were driving.

In a village near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday morning, IDF soldiers arrested wanted Palestinian arms dealer Abed Allah.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian militants fired an anti-tank missile at IDF troops Tuesday afternoon near Rafah. Earlier in the day, militants fired a mortar shell at an IDF position in southern Gaza.

There were no casualties in either of these incidents, Israel Radio reported.