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Israeli army claims pipe bombs transported by Nablus man closed checkpoint

Oct. 5, 2008 6:34 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2008 6:34 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - The Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus was closed for two hours Sunday afternoon after Israeli soldiers found iron material they said were pipe bombs

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed after detaining the young man, was carrying a medium sized package and standing in line to pass through the checkpoint out of Nablus.

According to Palestinian security sources the man detained was 25-year-old Fadi Bassem Ibrahim Tharifah a resident of Nablus, who is currently unemployed.

Fadi's family told Ma'an that he lives with his father in Wadi At-Tuffah to the west of Nablus and he left his work in furniture store after a misunderstanding with his boss.

They added that he left early in the morning and they were surprised when they heard that he was detained by Israeli army at the checkpoint.

Eyewitnesses added that Israeli forces fired dozens of bullets at the crowd waiting to pass Huwwara, in an attempt to clear the area after closing the checkpoint.

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