Police Arrest Potential Threats to Peres Funeral

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh speaking with the media Wednesday about the preparations for the funeral of Shimon Peres. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheich speaking with the media Wednesday about the preparations for the funeral of Shimon Peres. On Thursday, Alsheich announced that a number of people thought to pose security risks were arrested. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli police arrested an unspecified number of Jewish and Arab suspects thought to pose a security risk at the funeral of former president Shimon Peres on Friday.

“We arrested Jews and Arabs who may have threatened or tried to terrorize Peres’s funeral,” said Police Chief Roni Alsheich at a press conference.

Alsheich would no provide details, saying only “there are a few sources that we identify as threatening or trying to cause provocations. I won’t go into detail, but this includes Jews and Arabs related to terror, provocation or personal threats.”

The state has taken unprecedented precautions for the event, which has brought dozens of world leaders and senior officials to Yerushalayim.

The domestic intelligence agency said in a statement on Thursday that its units will provide an “intelligence and technological envelope, which includes the use of advanced technological means.”