Palestinians attacked a car with German tourists in Nablus – DW – 03/19/2023
In the city of Nablus West Bank A group of Palestinians attacked a car carrying two tourists from Germany. The attackers threw stones at the car and tried to open its doors, writes newspaper The Times of Israel.
The car was taken in carsharing, it had Israeli license plates. Also on the body was pasted the flag of Israel and the tourist logo of the municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, which cooperates with the car sharing company Shlomo Sixt. Arab media published a video of the attack.
As a result, a couple of German tourists had to leave the car and flee, and the crowd tried to pursue them. According to media reports, a local resident helped them escape. Tourists received minor injuries, Israeli soldiers provided them with medical care, after which they transferred the victims to the care of the police.
Ambassador of Germany to Israel Steffen Seibert condemned attacking their compatriots: “A mob attacking tourists for not liking their license plates is disgusting and cowardly.” At the same time, the diplomat “from the bottom of his heart” thanked the Palestinian-Israeli citizen who helped the tourists.
Escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated in January following two attacks by Palestinians against civilians in Israel and a preceding Israeli military raid in the West Bank, which also claimed the lives of innocent people, according to the Palestinian side. Israeli government after the attacks decided to simplify the procedure for citizens to obtain permits to carry weapons.
On February 2 and 13, after shelling from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force launched retaliatory airstrikes, as stated, according to the centers of production of weapons. And in late February, riots broke out again in the West Bank. After the killing of two Israeli civilians, Israeli settlers began vandalizing Palestinian houses and cars, which turned into new victims on both sides. After that, the parties agreed to de-escalate the situation.