´Lebanese-Style´ Terror Ambush Near Hevron (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/22/12)
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Two Jewish civilians were targeted by a sophisticated Arab roadside
bomb Wednesday night near Hevron but escaped unhurt miraculously. The
serious incident was hardly reported at all in the press, which was
busy counting the number of blows dealt to anarchists who tried to
block a major thoroughfare.
Chaim Siton, a resident of Avigail in southern Mount Hevron, was
driving home with a friend on the dark and largely deserted road,
when he saw a piece of black fabric waving in the wind and thought it
was a dog running toward the road. He braked slightly. This action
may have saved his life, as in the next moment a huge ball of fire
engulfed the front of his car. The fire was from an explosive device
that had been planted at the side of the road and was detonated with
a cell phone. Had Siton not braked, he probably would have been at
the center of the explosion when the bomb went off.
As it happened, Siton and his passenger managed to escape unharmed
and continued driving. At this point another miracle occurred and a
second explosive charge, planted a few meters down the road, which
was planned to explode on them, was not detonated.
IDF forces arrived on the scene but were instructed by their regiment
commander to remain within their armored vehicles. This instruction
proved to be the right decision: when the day dawned, the forces
discovered a third bomb with a tripwire in the bushes, on a path
leading to the nearby village of Yata. The bomb would have detonated
against any IDF force that tried to go down the route.
Siton said that IDF sappers told him the three-bomb setup was
sophisticated and reminiscent of the type of challenges faced by the
IDF in Lebanon in years gone by.
Siton told Arutz Sheva that he does not understand why the event
received no coverage in the press. "Something like this has not
happened in the region in years, if ever. I am not a political man
but it seems there are much smaller things that receive attention and
Siton said that he received a phone call before the Sabbath and was
told that the Shin Bet succeeded in catching the terror cell that
planted the bombs. "The Shin Bet and security forces worked in an
amazing way," he said.
The ambush signals a possibly serious deterioration in the security
situation in Judea, yet it appears only readers of Arutz Sheva even
know the event took place. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/22/12)
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