Israeli teenagers reportedly attacked two off-duty soldiers because they believed the soldiers were Arabs, police said on Monday.

A police statement said a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of being part of the group that assaulted the soldiers, Xinhua news agency reported.

The incident took place in a public park in Pardes Hana town on Friday night.

The soldiers, who were on a weekend vacation and dressed in civilian clothes, were sitting there with a young female friend and another 17-year-old male friend.

The soldiers said the attackers hit them with a hookah pipe and other blunt objects before fleeing the scene.

The victims sustained injuries on their heads and faces and needed hospital care.

Hate crimes against Arab citizens of Israel are reported frequently.