German tourists attacked by Palestinians after entering Nablus with Israeli car
Palestinians violently attacked two German tourists who entered the West Bank north of the city of Nablus in a shared Israeli vehicle on Saturday, footage published by Palestinian media outlets showed.
I video clips from Nablus, a group of Palestinians could be seen around the rental car, which has Israeli license plates, a sticker of the Israeli flag and the logo of the Tel Aviv municipality — which has an agreement with the ride-sharing company, Shlomo Sixt.
The footage showed the Palestinians throwing stones at the car, trying to open the doors and attacking the drivers.
In the end the two tourists managed to escape on foot. According to Channel 12 news, an Israeli Arab helped them on their way out.
“We just wanted to drink coffee,” said the tourists.
A military source said the pair were being treated by army doctors outside Nablus after suffering minor “superficial injuries”.
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The rideshare car remained damaged in the West Bank city.
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The incident happened as tension was high in the West Bank.
For the past year, the IDF has been conducting almost nightly raids on the West Bank amid a series of deadly Palestinian terror attacks. Those tensions have escalated further in recent weeks, with a cycle of deadly Israeli raids and Palestinian revenge attacks, as well as an uptick in settler violence.
Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank in recent months have left 14 Israelis dead and many others injured.
At least 85 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, most of them in attacks or during clashes with security forces, but some were unrelated civilians and others were killed under circumstances that are being investigated.