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Jerusalem police nab Palestinians for US embassy break-ins

The suspects worked at a construction site near the legation in the capital's Arnona neighborhood.

The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, March 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.
The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, March 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Police recently arrested two Palestinians from the Hebron area for breaking into a U.S. embassy warehouse in Jerusalem and stealing property last month, the Israel Police said.

The suspects, both men in their 20s from the town of Tarqumiyah, worked at a construction site near the embassy in the capital’s upscale Arnona neighborhood.

According to the police, the pair took advantage of their work permit in Israel to steal “maintenance property” during a “series of break-ins.”

The burglars were eventually apprehended and taken in for questioning, a spokesperson said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Their initial pre-trial detention was set to expire on Thursday.

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