A firefighting crew in the Charedi city of Elad was attacked on Sunday evening when they responded to a fire in the city at the intersection of Yehuda Hanassi and Rashi streets. During their operation to put out the fire, the crew was assaulted by people from the neighborhood throwing stones at them. The stone-throwing crowd also cursed and spat at the firefighters.
Over the past few weeks, Elad has suffered from a wave of arson incidents that have affected numerous areas throughout the city. The fires in some of these incidents expanded to become large fires that threatened immense amounts of property and people. Numerous buildings across the city have suffered severe damage.
A spokesperson for the fire department said: “We view the attack against our firefighters in the most serious way. The entire goal of a firefighter is to save people’s lives and property. We will be working with law enforcement in order to make sure that those who assaulted our firefighters will be found and stand trial. As firefighters, and as citizens, we are ashamed that the very people we show up and try to save, turn around and attack us in this manner.”
(YWN israel Desk – Jerusalem)