Soldiers outside Neve Tzuf (file)
Soldiers outside Neve Tzuf (file) Israel news photo: Flash 90

Two Arabs entered a Jewish home in Neveh Tzuf, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, but were driven out by residents. 

Police are treating the event as a burglary, but are looking into the possibility that it was a terror act. Initially, terrorism was suspected and large military and police forces combed the area.

Miri Maoz Ovadia, spokeswoman for the Binyamin Regional Council, said Sunday that these were not just burglars. “The break-in was into my parents' house, the Maoz family. Police are looking into the incident but it is important for me that you understand what took place there, based on eyewitness testimony. This event almost turned into a terror attack and miraculously was thwarted," she said.

"The burglars attacked physically, with punches, two 16-year-olds who were inside the home, locked them inside a room and went to the kitchen to look for knives. Another brother arrived and chased them away and miraculously, a greater tragedy was averted.”

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