Haredim threw rocks, chairs and any other available objects at the police and border patrol as the Yassam commado unit tried to rescue the haredi soldier. Ichud Hatzalah haredi medics who responded to the scene were also reportedly attacked with eggs and other objects by the haredi mob.
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Haredi Soldier Attacked By Haredi Mob, Mob Stones Police, Swat Team Needed To Rescue Trapped Haredi Soldier
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Tonight, one night after haredim held a violent protest in Mea Shearim against the haredi draft, a haredi soldier was attacked by a mob of haredim in the haredi neighborhood.
The soldier was able to temporarily flee from the mob and hide in apartment in the haredi neighborhood, Yeshiva World reported.
Police and border patrol officers worked to extricate the soldier from Mea Shearim but were attacked by a haredi mob that hurled rocks and other object.
"Police were…attacked by 100-150 haredim who threw stones at them to prevent them from entering the building [to rescue the haredi soldier]," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the AFP.
The soldier was eventually rescued by special police Yassam commandos and taken out of the neighborhood to safety. However, police and the border patrol remained under attack.
Haredim threw more rocks, chairs and any other available objects at the police and border patrol, and Ichud Hatzalah haredi medics who responded to the scene were also reportedly attacked with eggs and other objects by the haredi mob.
Eventually four arrests were made.
Additional arrests are expected after police review video footage and photos of the riot.
In response to tonight’s attack on the haredi soldier and the riot against police, Minister of Finance Yair Lapid reportedly said that “the ongoing incitement against these violent attacks of haredi recruits, such as the grave incident that took place in Jerusalem tonight, are appalling and should be condemned by everyone."
Lapid reportedly also said that he plans to hold an emergency meeting with Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich in order to see what police can do to stop incidents like this from happening again.