Carter arriving at the damaged American International School in the Gaza Strip today.(AFP/Getty Images)

Maariv reported this morning that Hamas police thwarted an assassination attempt on former President Jimmy Carter, who’s visiting the Middle East and touring what he has labeled the “deliberate destruction” caused by Israel in Gaza. A Palestinian source told the paper that Al-Qaida-linked militants had planted a bomb along a Gaza road that Carter was expected to travel today. And in subqeuent reports, the IDF confirmed that there were indeed explosives aimed at Carter. So way to go, Hamas! Except for one thing: Other area news sources quote Hamas spokespeople denying having foiled an attack. So all we really know is this: The former president is okay.

Carter Target of Assassination Attempt [JPost]
Hamas Boasts, Then Denies Foiling Attack on Carter’s Life [Arutz Sheva]