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3 Arab Israelis arrested after breaking into Defense Ministry HQ

Suspects released to house arrest; they claim they were fleeing Jewish mob

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers at the IDF Headquarters, the Kirya, in Tel Aviv, on January 15, 2019 (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers at the IDF Headquarters, the Kirya, in Tel Aviv, on January 15, 2019 (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Three Arab Israelis were reportedly arrested last week after breaking into Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Police interrogated the suspects on Friday and released them to house arrest, with the information also sent to the Shin Bet security service, according to the Haaretz daily.

The Israel Defense Forces, in a statement, said the three suspects scaled the fence and entered the Kirya military base.

“IDF soldiers and the Israel Police arrested the suspects within minutes,” the army said.

“From a preliminary investigation, it appears the suspects’ motives were criminal,” it said, ruling out a nationalistic motive.

The three, residents of the Galilee, told police they were seeking cover after being assaulted by Jews nearby, Haaretz reported. But police uncovered no indication of a nearby brawl, the report said.

Last month saw numerous incidents of Jewish-Arab violence in Israel — including random attacks on Jews and Arabs — on the backdrop of the 11-day conflict between Israel and Gaza terror groups.

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