2 Palestinian suspects released after Tel Aviv manhunt


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinians who were arrested following a Tel Aviv manhunt that shut down the city’s main roads were released after an interrogation.

The roads were closed for an hour on Thursday morning during a police chase that included helicopters. Intelligence information had suggested that the two men, both from eastern Jerusalem, were planning to carry out a terrorist attack, according to Israel Police.

The men, who were arrested in the Tel Aviv suburb of Givatayim, were released following questioning by the Shin Bet security service after an investigation found no evidence that the men were planning an attack.

A Palestinian assailant from eastern Jerusalem stabbed five people in Tel Aviv last week, part of a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

Also Thursday, an Israeli army officer fired his weapon in the air on a train leaving Haifa after other soldiers aboard identified someone they deemed suspicious and shouted “Terrorist!”

Passengers reportedly pulled the emergency brake, allowing police officers to board the train. Police did not find any suspicious persons on the train.

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