Israeli authorities ‘foil bomb attack’

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Israel’s domestic intelligence service, the Shin Bet, said it foiled a bombing in Israel.

A resident of the Gaza Strip intended to use an explosive device on a bus in the south of the country after charges were brought against him four weeks ago, the domestic intelligence service said.

The man had a work permit in Israel.

The intelligence service said the Palestinian militant organization Islamic Jihad recruited and trained the 31-year-old in the Gaza Strip.

However, the suspect had obtained the components to build the bomb in Israel.

The foiled attack prompted Israel to revoke the work permits of about 200 residents of the Gaza Strip with family ties to what authorities call terrorists.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the attempt by terror groups in Gaza to exploit the work permit was endangering the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Gaza residents.

If it is found that there is a tendency to recruit workers, Israel will revise its measures in the context as well as other civilian measures, he said.

About 17,000 Gazan workers are currently allowed to enter Israel.

The number of work permits increased considerably last year.

Israel uses economic incentives to try to create more security in the region.

About half of the 2.2 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are unemployed.

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