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Police nab two suspects carrying tear gas near Jerusalem Pride Parade

Participants march under heavy security in the annual Pride Parade, in Jerusalem, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Participants march under heavy security in the annual Pride Parade, in Jerusalem, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Police say they have arrested two individuals suspected of intending to harm those marching in today’s Pride Parade in Jerusalem.

According to police, officers searched a car it deemed suspicious near Emek Refaim Street and found tear gas inside the vehicle. Police say they suspect the two men, both in their 20s and from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, of intending to attack people marching in the parade.

Thousands of officers are deployed along the parade route, which is going on after threats against some of those taking part, and seven years after a teenage marcher, Shira Banki, was stabbed to death by a religious extremist. Earlier today, a man was arrested for threatening the parade’s organizer.

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