The police evacuated the Tel Aviv central bus station after receiving a report of a terrorism attempt, Ynet and Israel television report. Traffic in the area is seriously snarled,

Ha'aretz

reports.

The closing of the central bus station from 14:00 resulted in chaos as thousands rushed outside,

Ynet

reports.

Thousands of would-be travelers and shop owners were evacuated as security forces scour the station for explosives. All the parked buses also have to be searched. No suspicious objects have been found as of writing.

Spokesmen for the two bus services, Egged and Dan, say that normal service will probably be disrupted for hours to come.

Ha'aretz

reports that bus traffic is being diverted to the old central bus station. The Ha'aretz website also reports that the Shin Bet security force is considering imposing a gag order on developments.

The facility is the world's biggest indoor bus station.

Police sources say that several Palestinians have been detained.