Pipe bomb found at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

Haredi Orthodox Jews praying at Rachel’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Wikimedia Commons)

Haredi Orthodox Jews praying at Rachel’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – A pipe bomb was discovered in the parking lot outside Rachel’s Tomb, a pilgrimage site in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The area was sealed off and the bomb was neutralized by police sappers late Sunday morning, Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

No damage was caused by the exploding pipe bomb, according to police.

The site, revered by as the burial place of the biblical Jewish matriarch Rachel, is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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