אופיר אקוניס בביקור החייל שהותקף בלינץ' ביפו
The soldier who was attacked in Jaffa last Thursday
The soldier who was attacked in Jaffa last Thursday

Suspect in lynching of soldier in Jaffa arrested

27-year-old Jaffa native is apprehended after evading police for nearly five days, having escaped to the southern resort town of Eilat; Yigal Yehoshua, first fatality of unrest, brought to rest

Eli Senyor |
Published: 05.18.21 , 19:53
A suspect in the lynching of an IDF soldier last Thursday was apprehended Tuesday.
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  • The 27-year-old Jaffa native was arrested after evading police for nearly five days, having escaped to the southern resort town of Eilat.
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    אופיר אקוניס בביקור החייל שהותקף בלינץ' ביפו
    אופיר אקוניס בביקור החייל שהותקף בלינץ' ביפו
    The soldier who was attacked in Jaffa last Thursday
    Police said it will request the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court for his remand.
    The apparent lynching took place while mixed cities across Israel were thrown into violent clashes between Arabs, Jews and police.
    The soldier was initially diagnosed as lightly hurt, but his condition deteriorated while being treated at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center, suffering from trauma to the head and needing surgery.
    "He sat on the sidewalk conscious and bleeding from the head," said one of the paramedics at the scene. "They told us that he was attacked during the unrest, that they hurled rocks and pepper sprayed him."
    Investigators for police's Yiftah Constabulary have opened an investigation into the incident.
    Also Tuesday, Yigal Yehoshua (56) was brought to rest after succumbing to wounds he sustained after being attacked in Lod by demonstrators. He was struck in the head with a brick and hit multiple times.
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    הלוויתו של יגאל יהושע ז"ל
    הלוויתו של יגאל יהושע ז"ל
    Yigal Yehoshua being brought to rest
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Yehoshua is the first fatality of the unrest.
    Police and the Shin Bet security agency have labeled the incident a lynching and opened a special investigation.

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