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Police detain two Palestinians in Netanya on alleged terror suspicions

Law enforcement says pair arrested at car wash near coastal city’s market following searches; officers seen seizing knife

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Police detain a Palestinian man illegally in Israel in the coastal city of Netanya, January 19, 2023. (Lior Damari/Courtesy)
Police detain a Palestinian man illegally in Israel in the coastal city of Netanya, January 19, 2023. (Lior Damari/Courtesy)

Officers in the coastal city of Netanya arrested two Palestinians illegally in Israel on suspicion they were planning to commit a terror attack, police said.

According to a police spokesperson, officers, including special forces, conducted searches for the pair near the city’s market, eventually finding them at a nearby car wash.

They were detained “on suspicion of involvement in an attempt to commit security offenses,” the spokesperson said. A police sapper was also at the scene “to rule out concerns.”

A passerby photographed a police officer holding a knife, apparently seized from one of the men or from the area they were arrested.

Police did not elaborate on the suspicions against the two Palestinians.

They were handed over to the Shin Bet security agency for further questioning.

A police officer is seen holding a knife apparently seized from a Palestinian suspect in the city of Netanya, January 19, 2023. (Lior Damari/Courtesy)

Their identities were not immediately published.

The incident came amid heightened tensions as Israel conducts an ongoing anti-terror offensive in the West Bank, to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 31 people in 2022.

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