Haifa: 4 suspects arrested for ´assault of soldiers´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 02/26/12)
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Two off-duty soldiers were brutally assaulted by a group of Israeli
Arabs in Haifa on Friday night, a relative of one of the victim said.
The two arrived at the Rambam Medical Center late on Friday night
after one of them felt ill.
“They parked their vehicle at the entrance to the hospital. Another
vehicle stopped in front of them. One of the occupants was drunk,” an
uncle of one of the soldiers was quoted as saying in a Channel 2
“The men in the vehicle asked the two men if they were Jews. They
started assaulting them with clubs, rocks and planks of wood they
found in the area,” he added.
“My nephew was hit on the head before being forced to lie on the
floor. One of the attackers etched something on his head with a sharp
The attack was only stopped when hospital security guards arrived on
the scene, and chased away the attackers.
Four suspects were arrested on Saturday in connection with the
Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino was briefed on the incident and
will closely monitor the investigation, police said. He ordered local
police chiefs to ensure that all of the suspects are arrested and
“He sees it as a very serious incident,” police added.
“The attackers and the soldiers had no prior meeting, and there was
no provocation,” the uncle told Channel 2.
Both men are hospitalized at the Rambam Medical Center. One suffered
spinal chord injuries, while the second sustained head injuries in
The Rambam Medical Center said its guards wrote down the license
plate of the car used by the attackers and passed the details on to
police. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/26/12)
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