None of the suspects had a background posing a security risk or any association with a terror organization. During the search in the apartment in Jabel Mukaber, no weapons were found.
The past few days have seen a significant reinforcement of police deployments, particularly in Jerusalem amid fears that Palestinian terrorists could seek to renew the wave of terror over the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Large forces have been stationed in popular areas with the police presence being particularly beefed up in the Temple Mount and its vicinity. Jerusalem police units will also be augmented with hundreds of police volunteers.
Despite the security situation in Jerusalem, the Western Wall Tunnel in the Old city continues to be filled with tourists, the vast majority of whom hail from foreign countries.