A Palestinian Authority policeman uses a metal detector while searching for explosive devices in the West Bank, January 2018.
(photo credit: COURTESY PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY POLICE)
The Palestinian Authority police on Friday stumbled upon a number of improvised explosive devices adjacent to a road in the northern West Bank, a PA official said on Saturday.
PA police officers and sappers came across the IEDs buried alongside a road in the north of the Tulkarm Governorate, between the villages of Atil and Alar, PA police spokesman Louay Arzeikat said in a statement.
The road is located in Area A of the West Bank, which is under the PA’s security and administrative control.
Arzeikat did not name any suspects who may have planted the IEDs alongside the road.
PA security forces spokesman Adnan al-Damiri did not respond to several requests for comment.
An IDF spokeswoman said that army vehicles “sometimes” pass along the road where the IEDs were found.
Hamas recently called for a new intifada in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and praised a shooting attack earlier this month that killed a rabbi in the Nablus area.
On Friday and most of Saturday, the road between Atil and Alar was closed as sappers worked to defuse the IEDs.
Pictures shared on social media show a sapper using a bomb detector.
Early on Saturday evening, Arzeikat issued a second statement saying that the sappers finished defusing the IEDs and that the road was reopened.