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Maccabim checkpoint on Highway 443 near Modi'in.

A pile of blazing tires on the old Jerusalem highway (Highway 443) stopped commuters in their tracks early Monday morning.

The ambush, located just 500 meters (about 1/3 mile) from the Maccabim checkpoint, blocked the approach from Modi’in to Jerusalem close to the line that separates pre-1967 from Area A of the Palestinian Authority territory.


It was the two firefighting crews sent to the scene to extinguish the flames who discovered the blaze was actually a cover for something a little more ominous.

Terrorists had hidden a gas cylinder among the burning tires blocking the Jerusalem-bound side of the road.

The bomb squad was called to the scene and sappers were able to neutralize the threat in short order.

Police reported no injuries and no property damage as a result of the incident. An investigation has been launched.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.