'Would-be Terrorist' From Southern Israel Now Said to Be Mentally Ill Bedouin

Two were arrested earlier after intel suggested one of them was planning a terror attack, prompting a manhunt in Be'er Sheva

Suspected terrorist arrested in southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva after manhunt

Israel's Shin Bet security service says that the alleged "would-be terrorist" arrested earlier on Thursday by police is actually a Bedouin suffering from mental issues, adding that the possibility he was actually planning a terror attack has now been completely ruled out.

Earlier, police conducted a manhunt after receiving information the man planned to undertake an attack. He was arrested along with another man who was deemed by the police to be his accomplice.

However, a statement released Thursday evening said the man was suffering from mental issues and though he had told his family and friends he was planning an attack, he did not take any practical steps. The police will now decide if they want to open criminal proceedings against him. The second man who was arrested drove the suspect to Be'er Sheva without knowing about the alleged threats he made.

Earlier, police blocked entrances and exits to the city and asked the public to be on alert after receiving information about a potential assailant.

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Two Palestinians were arrested early Thursday after crossing the border into Israel from Gaza illegally in the fifth incident along the border in as many days. The two were caught not long after entering and not far from where they crossed into Israel. They were found to have a knife and large cutters.

The Israeli army also said it will impose a closure on the West Bank and Gaza crossings for the duration of the Passover holiday.