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Israeli Police Arrest Two Emirati Tourists by Mistake

Israeli Police Arrest Two Emirati Tourists by Mistake

Thursday, 4 August, 2022 - 08:45
Israeli security force members walk past a house during clashes with Palestinians which erupted over Israel's demolition of a shop in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Israeli police said two Emirati tourists were arrested and then released after shots were fired on central Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street.


The police wrongfully thought the two men were involved in the incident, however, it quickly released them after their identity became clear.


Tel Aviv witnessed a wave of panic after two anonymous individuals opened fire at an unknown target on Wednesday. People at the scene assumed it was another Palestinian operation and started running in panic.


The two tourists were held by Israelis because of their Arab looks, and were handed to the police for investigation. An hour later, the Police apologized to them and released them.


The police said the incident was crime-related and that it left no casualties.


An initial investigation found that two suspects who were riding a motorcycle fired shots at a third persona, who was standing next to his Mercedes on the street.


The apparent target of the shooting is a known criminal, who has a history of serious violent crimes, and served a 22-month prison term.


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