Three Palestinians were arrested late Sunday in the Arab-Israeli city of Um al-Fahm for allegedly planning a terror attack inside Israel. Two of the three terror suspects arrested are residents of the Palestinian Authority and one is an Israeli citizen. In addition to the three, security forces also arrested two Palestinians illegally housed in Israel.
The arrests were conducted as a result of pinpointed intelligence information received from the security establishment which caused police to block the Wadi Ara road, a major northbound artery, for many hours causing delays for hundreds of people. During that time, vehicles were checked as they passed the checkpoints to ensure that the terrorists were not hiding inside the vehicles.
Security forces found the suspects hiding in two different houses in the city after canvassing the streets and calling on the suspects to surrender. The forces also came across the vehicle used by the suspects and identified a suspicious package in the trunk. After fears that the package was a bomb, it was revealed that the bag contained clothes.
According to security sources, the alert of potential terrorists planning to carry out an attack was received Sunday afternoon, and it was unclear if they were in possession of the bomb or they were due to receive it only in Israeli territory. This alert caused the Northern District Police to act quickly and zero in on the Wadi Ara and Um al-Fahm area and make the arrests.