Five American tourists who accidentally drove into Arab controlled Hebron were attacked by stones-throwers and firebombed, before finally being ushered away by lone man before being extricated by Israeli forces; leaving two injured.
Five American tourists were on their way to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs, a Jewish holy site in the West Bank, when they got lost and entered a sector of the city of Hebron which is under Palestinian control. There were reports of clashes in the city in the aftermath of the event.
The car carrying the five came under attack from people throwing stones, and the car was fire-bombed.
A local resident sheltered the five in his home until they were rescued by Israeli forces. A defense source said that he saved them from being lynched. Two of the tourists sustained light to moderate wounds.
Israel’s Channel 2 published an interview with one of the Americans: “We wanted to go to pray in the Cave of the Patriarchs, and on the way we found ourselves in a crowd of Arabs,” he said.
“They started throwing rocks, bricks and stones at the car and when we managed to escape they surrounded us and shouted ‘Jews, Jews’,” he recounted. “Then one of the Arabs came and said, ‘Come with me’.”
The five tourists sought refuge in the house of the local resident until security forces arrived. “We went to the bottom of the hill and saw the car burning,” he said. “Half an hour later, security forces arrived and took us out and thank God we’re still alive.”
According to local Jewish residents in Hebron, the mistake occurred due to the recent dismantling of a checkpoint at the entrance to the Palestinian neighborhood.
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