In the second terror-related incident of the day, a bombing attack was prevented when Border Police caught two Arab men with pipe bombs and ammunition hidden in their food venders’ cart in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday.
According to reports, the two men, both in their forties and hailing from East Jerusalem, were stopped after Border Police noticed suspicious behavior. Their bagel cart was searched and the bombs and ammunition were discovered.
The two men were arrested and a police sapper was brought in to defuse the home-made explosive devices. No one was injured.
The arrests took place at Herod’s Gate, where the two men had stationed their food cart. Herod the Great, also known as Herod the Builder, was a Jewish king born around 74 BCE who erected numerous colossal building projects in Judea and Jerusalem, including the expansion of the Second Temple and the Temple Mount.
The Old City has seen more than its share of violence and terror in recent months. Earlier in the month, a 19-year-old Border Policewoman, Hadar Cohen, was killed near the Damascus Gate when three terrorists attacked her and her colleague with knives and guns.
Also on Wednesday, a young man was killed after being critically wounded in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction when IDF soldiers nearby opened fire at the terrorist and accidentally hit the victim as well. Eliav Gelman, 23, an IDF reserves officer, tragically succumbed to his wounds after being evacuated to the hospital for emergency treatment.