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Israel says arrests 2 suspects over deadly Elad attack

EL'AD - ISRAEL- MAY 05: Ambulances are dispatched at the scene after an attack in El'ad city of Israel on May 05, 2022. At least 3 killed in attack. ( Magen David Adom - Anadolu Agency )
Ambulances are dispatched at the scene after an attack in El'ad city of Israel on May 05, 2022. At least 3 killed in attack. [Magen David Adom - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces arrested two Palestinians accused of carrying out a deadly axe attack in the city of Elad, in which three Israelis were killed, according to the military, Anadolu Agency reported.

A military statement said the two suspects — 19-year-old As'sad al-Rifai and 20-year-old Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir — were arrested in a forested area close to Elad.

According to the statement, the two suspects were from Rumana in the West Bank city of Jenin.

They were arrested after a massive four-day manhunt involving special forces and helicopters.

READ: Israel searches for Palestinians suspected of killing 3 in attack

There was no claim of responsibility for Thursday's attack, which came amid rising tensions across the Palestinian territories since last month as a result of repeated Israeli arrest campaigns in the occupied West Bank and daily settler incursions into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognized by the international community.

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