Homeless Man Mistaken for Terrorist Puts North Tel Aviv on War Footing

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

A report of a suspected stabbing attack on an IDF soldier sent police and Shin Bet agents tearing across north Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon, until police determined there was no terror attack, and the so-called assailant was most likely a homeless man who had an altercation with the soldier.

With a deadly stabbing attack on the Jaffa beachfront less than a week ago though, the report was enough to put police on emergency response footing, with mounted officers and detectives combing HaYarkon Park while a helicopter circled overhead. Further north, police on scooters sped through neighborhoods like Ramat Aviv and several undercover security officers with assault rifles patrolled outside the entrance of Sde Dov airport.

The first report of the alleged stabbing came in around 12:30, with police stating they received a call that a soldier was attacked at a bus stop outside Sde Dov air force base in north Tel Aviv, by a man who drove up to the bus stop and pulled a knife on the soldier when he approached his vehicle. According to the initial report, the soldier fled on foot and was not harmed, while the assailant drove off, launching a manhunt.

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