North Tel Aviv manhunt causes traffic jams, suspect still at large

Police received two reports of suspicious men sparking the manhunt.

August 7, 2016 15:24
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Israel Police patrol car [File]. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Train passengers and commuters were disrupted on Sunday afternoon after reports of a terrorism suspect led to a large-scale manhunt in north Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan causing a temporary closure of train service from Tel Aviv to Bnei Brak and a traffic backup in north Tel Aviv.

Police received two reports of suspicious men sparking the manhunt. The first report came from the Meymadion Water Park in northeast Tel Aviv, where police identified the suspect but he escaped.

A second report was received from a Ramat Gan shopping center in which a suspect fled questioning from a security guard.

Large police forces, including a helicopter, were dispatched to the area, however, at around 5 p.m. police switched to a low-intensity search. The train service from Tel Aviv to Bnei Brak was halted for around 30 minutes.

As of Sunday night no suspect has been arrested and the police are continuing a low-intensity search. The suspects’ identity and motive is unclear.

In a statement the police requested the public to be alert and report any suspicious person or object.

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