Blasts narrowly miss U.S. convoy in Gaza
IDF arrests 20 Palestinian terror suspects; 5 mortars fired at Gush Katif
Two roadside bombs were detonated yesterday near a convoy of U.S. embassy vehicles on the "Tancher" highway, which bisects the northern and southern Gaza Strip.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred adjacent to the town of Beit Lahiya, although one car was damaged.
An Israel Defense Forces source said the army was not in the area but was informed of the incident by the Americans when they left the Gaza Strip.
The source noted that the U.S. diplomats had been driving in the area every day recently.
Also yesterday, the IDF carried out arrests of Palestinians suspected of involvement in paramilitary activities in the West Bank.
In the Nablus area, three wanted Palestinians were arrested, and three more were caught near Tul Karm. Fourteen wanted Palestinians were arrested in Hebron.
Among those arrested near Nablus is a Tanzim militant who was planning a suicide bombing.
Five mortar shells were also fired yesterday at the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the southern Gaza Strip.
In Nablus, a policeman was wounded while trying to neutralize an explosive device he found in a trash can in the Ras al-Ein neighborhood. Two women were hurt in the explosion.