Israel has been greatly alarmed by what is being described as a very serious security breach on its northern border after a mysterious roadside bombing occurred in Megiddo in northern Israel on Monday. The bombing is being described as a terror act of Lebanese Hezbollah.
A gag order was in place for Israeli security officials and the media until Wednesday while an investigation was ongoing and emergency security meetings were held. It has been reported that one victim of the explosion is in serious condition, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with top security officials. Netanyahu has also confirmed that he will return to Israel from Berlin a day earlier than originally planned as a result of the bombing.
According to The Times of Israel, a Hezbollah operative crossed into Israel earlier this week after hitching a ride with a local Arab. The report stated, "The alleged terrorist was shot dead on the Lebanese border several hours after the attack on Monday. He was armed with an explosives belt at the time."
The IDF has reported that forensic from the bomb, which detonated Monday morning, showed that the device was "unusual" and not similar to what is more common among Palestinian attackers. The unusual bomb prompted the shut down of roads and the area by the police and military while the IDF tracked the suspect.
The suspect was killed when officers of the elite police Yamam counterterrorism unit and Shin Bet opened fire on him. The IDF called the suspect a "clear danger" to security forces and has said that the suspect had a primed explosives belt on him at the time of his death.
The only reported victim of the attack, a lone bystander, has been identified as 21-year-old Shareef al-Din, who suffered shrapnel wounds over his entire body as a result of the blast.
Prior to specifics of the bombing being released, Israeli Kan 11 channel reported that "most of the details of the case are forbidden to be published according to censorship instructions - the security system is very concerned about the details of the case."
Monday's bombing follows a series of recent attacks and security incidents as tensions rise in the West Bank between Palestinians and Israeli security. The country has also been battling large Israeli protests against controversial judicial reforms and policies that Netanyahu's far-right government has been trying to instill recently.
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