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Israeli forces defuse IED near Bethlehem

Aug. 7, 2016 9:34 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2016 10:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly found a small improvised explosive device on Sunday near the Bilal bin Rabah mosque at the northern entrance of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

According to Israeli news site Ynet, Israeli forces found the explosive device on the parking lot near the mosque.

A bomb disposal unit was summoned to the scene and defused the IED, without any reported injuries.

Israeli border police could not be reached for comment.

The Bilal bin Rabah mosque is also known as Rachel’s Tomb -- a holy site for Muslims, Christians, and Jews which is cut off from the Palestinian city by the Israeli separation wall.

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