Israel Police arrested two Arab men in the Tel Aviv area Thursday after a security alert sent forces scrambling to the Givatayim area.
The manhunt saw special police units, undercover cops, and security forces descend on the Givatayim area, as police closed off the HaShalom Bridge intersection and the Mozes Bridge, snarling Thursday morning traffic in Tel Aviv. Helicopters were scrambled over the area and for a short while a large swath of the city was on high alert.
The incident began around 10:30 Thursday morning, when Tel Aviv police said that they were searching for a “suspicious vehicle” in the area, and a suspect who was believed to be on his way to carry out an attack. Police did not suspect that the vehicle was to be used as a car bomb.
A little over an hour later, police announced that the incident was over, and that two men had been arrested and handed over to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for questioning.
One of the men is a resident of East Jerusalem, police said, adding that they were still working to determine the identity of the second man.
Despite the security threat, police have not issued any security warnings for Givatayim or any special instructions for residents of the city.
Givatayim Mayor Ran Konik said Thursday that while the city is calling on all residents to be especially aware of their surroundings, they have not taken any steps to disrupt the daily routine in the city, and have not cancelled classes in any local schools or kindergartens.
They did however, decide to delay a 5k run that was scheduled to be held tomorrow and will instead take place in March.