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IDF saves Israeli from violent mob in Turmus Ayya

The man was stoned and his car torched after entering the Palestinian town by mistake.

The Israeli man's car in flames in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on Aug. 20, 2023. Source: Twitter.
The Israeli man's car in flames in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on Aug. 20, 2023. Source: Twitter.

An Israeli who was attacked after mistakenly entering Turmus Ayya on Sunday night was evacuated by Israeli forces with minor injuries.

Upon entering the Palestinian town, located some 14 miles northeast of Ramallah in Samaria, local residents surrounded and stoned him, and torched his car, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israeli soldiers were alerted to the scene, and escorted the man out.

The man was treated for a minor injury caused by a hurled stone, according to the Rescuers Without Borders emergency service. No injuries to Israeli troops were reported.

Turmus Ayya is in the Palestinian Authority-controlled Area A of Judea and Samaria, which is illegal for Israeli civilians to enter. Road signs warn Israelis that entry into Area A is both life-threatening and a criminal offense.

Separately on Sunday night, shots were reportedly fired at the Israeli village of Avnei Hefetz in western Samaria. No injuries or damage were reported.

Overnight, Israeli forces arrested 13 suspects throughout Judea and Samaria.

In the village of Deir Abu Mash’al, suspects threw stones at Israeli forces, who responded with crowd dispersal measures. In Kfar Aqab, suspects threw stones and firebombs at Israel forces, who made two arrests and confiscated an automatic rifle. A suspect was arrested in Kfar Azon and an airsoft rifle and military equipment were seized. Suspects in Kfar Azon threw explosives and launched fireworks at Israeli forces.

No Israeli casualties were reported.

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