Jerusalem police lift terror alert

September 19, 2006 21:56


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Jerusalem police on Tuesday removed a red alert which had been in place in the city during the morning hours. The terror alert, which was canceled in the early afternoon, was declared after intelligence warnings were received regarding an impending terror attack in a city in the center of the country. Police declined to say why the alert was lifted, but in the past such alerts have been canceled after would-be bombers were intercepted, or if the intelligence information turned out to be faulty. Police carried out spot checks on vehicles throughout the morning in and around the city leading to heavy traffic congestion. Motorists on a highway in the West Bank near Jerusalem were stuck in their cars for over an hour in stifling midday heat as police checked each car for potential attackers, eyewitnesses said.

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