Soldiers nearly lynched by Arabs in Haifa (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Maor Buchnik Latest Update: 02.25.12, 20:50)
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Arab Israelis viciously assault two soldiers in civilian clothing
early Saturday; one victim´s head ´engraved´ by knife-wielding
assailant; attackers use bats, rocks
Two IDF soldiers in civilian clothing were viciously attacked by a
group of Arab-Israeli men early Saturday near Haifa´s Rambam
Hospital, with guards deployed in the area narrowly averting a
Police forces detained four suspects on suspicion of taking part in
the assault and expect to make more arrests.
The uncle of one of the soldiers said the assailants asked the
victims whether they were Jewish before attacking them.
"They beat the hell out of them, using bats and stones, and resorting
to kicks," the uncle said.
The soldiers attempted to escape in different directions, at which
point some 20 attackers assaulted one of them, the uncle added.
"One of the attackers pounded my nephew´s head against the ground and
engraved his head with a knife," he said. "Security guards in the
area arrived at the site, put him in a wheel chair, and evacuated him
for treatment at the emergency room."
´Guards heard screams´
The violent incident took place around 2 am Saturday, when the two
soldiers, who serve in the Air Force and Navy, parked near a
According to relatives of the soldiers, one of the assailants
involved in the attack warned the victims: "We´ll come to visit you
again, because you involved the police."
The soldiers sustained blows to various body parts, hospital
officials said. One of them required facial x-rays in order to
ascertain the damage he sustained. The officials added that guards at
the medical facility heard screams nearby and rushed to the site of
the incident while also calling the police.
The Haifa Police Commander, Moshe Cohen, said "the incident started
as a brawl, apparently based on nationalistic motives…the probe
continues and more suspects are expected to be arrested."
Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino was briefed about the
attack Saturday evening instructed top police chiefs to ensure that
all attackers are detained and face the full severity of the law.
"We cannot treat this type of violent attack as a routine matter,"
Danino said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/25/12)
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