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Jaffa man threatens beachgoers with gun at Tel Aviv promenade, is arrested

Medics treat a man who is lightly hurt while subduing suspect and woman whose car door was opened by the gunman; police reportedly say the incident is not terror-related

An Uzi submachine gun is seen on the floor near the Tel Aviv promanade, after a suspect from Jaffa allegedly threatened passersby. (courtesy)
An Uzi submachine gun is seen on the floor near the Tel Aviv promanade, after a suspect from Jaffa allegedly threatened passersby. (courtesy)

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a Jaffa man who allegedly threatened beachgoers in Tel Aviv with a firearm.

A number of people reported to the police that the 22-year-old man was threatening passersby on Tel Aviv’s promenade.

Police officers arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect. The gun, which appeared to be an Uzi submachine gun, was confiscated.

The suspect reportedly also opened a woman’s car door briefly, and was then subdued by passersby before police forces arrived.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said its medics treated a man who was lightly hurt while attempting to subdue the suspect, and the driver, a woman in her 30s, who was suffering from anxiety.

They were not immediately taken for further medical attention.

From an initial investigation of the incident, police officials said it was likely not an attempted terror attack, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

Police also asked the public to avoid the area.

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