Tel Aviv Police on High Alert

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli police set up roadblocks Tuesday morning to traffic entering Tel Aviv, following warnings that Palestinians planned to carry out an attack.

Magen David Adom (national rescue services) workers were put on high alert in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while units in the nearby Sharon region were on the second highest alert level.

Beefed up police units patrolled the city's southern neighborhoods and central bus station, supported by aerial searches.

Israeli security forces are taking threats by Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades to resume suicide bombings seriously.

"The past few months have made Israelis forget the suicide attacks," a Palestinian operative told YNet news.

"And if they think the fence in the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank will prevent the attacks, we promise we have ways to remind the Israelis that the attacks will return to the heart of Israel and that the killing will not only take place in the Strip," he said.

According to some Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority officials, Hamas may want to shake up the security situation before Israel's general elections on February 10.

By midday, following horrendous traffic snarls during the morning rush hour, police lifted the alert.

Source: YNet news

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