Remote-control Bomb Explodes in Israel, Prompting Concern

Security sources are concerned over an incident Wednesday night whereby for the first time, a remote-controlled explosive, a device favored by terror groups in southern Lebanon, was used inside Israel.

The remote-control roadside bomb damaged a car but did not hurt its driver, 27-year-old Nava Gotchalk, who is seven months pregnant.

Nearly a pound of explosives was detonated from a distance of several yards.

The incident occurred just outside Gotchalk’s village, Katzir, near the Wadi Ara road, which crosses the Carmel range from Hadera to Afula.

The police found tracks leading from the scene of the bombing to an Arab village in the Samaria district of the West Bank, just across the “green line” from Israel proper.

Wadi Ara was the scene of the first intifada-related attack inside Israel proper, which occurred about a year ago. It caused alarm at the time that the violence of the Palestinian uprising was spreading to Israel.

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