Peres' Bodyguards Fend Off Three Arabs

Details of the incident are not clear. Two Arabs were arrested, a third is on the loose.

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Gil Ronen,

President Shimon Peres
President Shimon Peres
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President Shimon Peres' bodyguards were involved in an altercation with three Arabs Sunday evening, Channel 2 television reported.

The reason for the fight is not yet clear.

The incident reportedly took place outside Peres' temporary residence at Kfar David (Mamila) in Jerusalem. The president had to leave his permanent residence about six weeks ago, because of damage caused by flooding due to heavy rains.

Peres will travel to Washington for the annual AIPAC event in March. It is not clear yet whether President Barack Obama will meet with Peres or with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who will also attend the event.