Five American Yeshiva Boys mistakenly entered the Arab-controlled section of Hevron Thursday September 3 2015. where they were attacked by a mob that threw firebombs and rocks at them, the IDF and police spokesman said.
A local Arab took them into his home, where they awaited rescue by the IDF.
Forces from the Hevron District police and Judea and Samaria police, assisted by an IDF force, entered the neighborhood and rescued them. Two of the men are in moderate to light condition. They have been taken to receive medical attention.
Photos from the scene show a pair of tefillin lying on the road, belonging to one of the victims who escaped during the attack. According to reports from emergency service ZAKA in Hevron / Kiryat Arba, a firebomb was hurled at their vehicle, which went up in flames.
A report from the Hatzala emergency service of Judea and Samaria said that one of them is bleeding from the face.
The latest reports said that the IDF has reached the men and that they are being taken to Israeli-controlled territory. They have been alternately described as haredi and as yeshiva students. Large IDF forces are combing the area where the attack took place and investigating the event.
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Rescue by the IDF
A survivor of the mob attack on five American Jews recounted the harrowing ordeal Thursday evening. "They were screaming 'Jew, Jew, Jew," he said. The Jews wanted to pray at the Cave of Machpela but the satellite navigation system landed them in an area controlled by Arabs.
A Palestinian resident of the neighborhood helped rescue them and sheltered them in his apartment. Fayez Abu Hamdiyeh, who lives in the neighborhood, said he let five Jewish “settlers” into his house after he noticed they were being chased by Palestinian youths. He said the “settlers” told him that they had entered the neighborhood with their car before being pelted with stones. Abu Hamdiyeh said he used the mobile phone of one of the students to phone the police and ask for help.
Police gather around a burned out vehicle used by US tourists after it was attacked by Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron
Video of the IDF inside the heroic Arab's home, who rescued the 5 American Yeshiva Bochrim.