Tel Aviv Manhunt False Alarm

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Israeli border policemen on duty at a checkpoint as a Palestinian man makes his way out of the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, on Thursday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli border policemen on duty at a checkpoint as a Palestinian man makes his way out of the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, on Thursday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli border police of the K9 unit patrol on Ben Yehuda Street in central Yerushalyim, Thursday.  (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Israeli border police of the K9 unit patrol on Ben Yehuda Street in central Yerushalyim, Thursday. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Pepper spray has become a popular self-defense item during the wave of terror. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Pepper spray has become a popular self-defense item during the wave of terror. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Workers sitting in an alleyway at a deserted Mahane Yehuda Market in Yerushalayim on Thursday, as the wave of terror keeps shoppers away. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Workers sitting in an alleyway at a deserted Mahane Yehuda Market in Yerushalayim on Thursday, as the wave of terror keeps shoppers away. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Israeli security forces concluded a citywide manhunt for two terrorists in Tel Aviv on Thursday, after arresting the suspects and determining that they were not, in fact, planning an attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The alert prompted the dispatch of large numbers of security personnel to the Tel Aviv area in search of “a suspicious vehicle.”

During the operation, police closed off the HaShalom Bridge intersection and the Mozes Bridge, disrupting Thursday morning traffic in the city.

However, after interrogation by the Shin Bet, the two men, residents of eastern Yerushalayim, were released.

In another incident earlier in the morning in Haifa, matters came closer to violence when a soldier on a train fired a warning shot into the air amid fears that a knife-wielding man was on board.

That scare occurred when a group of soldiers thought they saw a suspicious man and began screaming “terrorist,” after which an IDF officer nearby fired into the roof of the train.

After the emergency brakes brought the train to a stop, Haifa police boarded to apprehend the terrorist. But a short search revealed that it was a false alarm, and the train was allowed to continue on its route.