On Monday, two IDF soldiers found themselves in the West Bank city of Jenin by accident. The IDF stated that a “far worse scenario had been avoided due to the help of the Palestinian police” who recused them.
Watch: Palestinian mob attacks IDF vehicle with two soldiers inside
The female IDF soldier who was wounded in Monday’s attack in Jenin recounted the terrifying incident: “We were surrounded. They broke the windows and tried to hurt us.” The incident took place this morning after the soldier and a male soldier, who were both in uniform and armed, accidentally found themselves in Jenin after they forgot to instruct Waze to avoid dangerous areas.
Inside the Palestinian city, their vehicle was surrounded by a Palestinian mob. “All I could do was scream until someone rescued us,” she recalled. Palestinian police rescued the soldiers from the Palestinian mob and transferred them to the Civil Administration. The IDF stated that a “more serious situation was prevented due to the help of the Palestinian police forces.”
In footage from Jenin, the IDF vehicle can be seen being chased after by angry Palestinians, some carrying and throwing stones and a chair. Both soldiers were wounded and taken to a medical center for treatment. One of the IDF weapons was stolen during the attack.
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Once the Palestinian police had rescued the soldiers, they returned to the scene to rescue the military vehicle and transferred it to the Jalamah checkpoint. The Palestinian police are still searching for the stolen IDF weapon.
Wounded solider after being attacked by mob in Jenin Photo Credit: Screenshot from Twitter