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The shattered windshield that extinguished the Molotov cocktail
Photo: Eli Mandelbaum
Ynet photographer Eli Mandelbaum

Palestinians hurl explosives at Ynet cameraman near his home

Eli Mandelbaum was waiting in his car at night when a barrage of Molotov cocktails targeted him, barely managing to dodge the blaze unscathed at the nick of time; 'this could have ended completely different, I had a miracle,' he says

Attila Somfalvi, Alexandra Lukash |
Published: 06.17.21, 19:13
Ynet photographer Eli Mandelbaum was attacked by Palestinians who lobbed Molotov cocktails at his car outside the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit where he resides.
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  • According to Mandelbaum, one of the explosives was launched into his car through the window, but, fortunately, did not detonate.
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    Ynet photographer Eli Mandelbaum
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    "It's not an easy experience, it took me several hours to get back to my senses,” Mandelbaum recalled.
    “I was waiting for someone over there at around 10:30 PM, I looked at my phone and everything was calm. This is not a problematic area, it is a road that a lot of people pass through, including residents of Beitar Illit, Tzur Hadassah as well as other localities,” Mandelbaum added.
    "Suddenly I heard a bang and saw Molotov cocktails flying at me. Masked men ran towards me without fear."
    “I shifted gears and got out of there. While driving, one bottle shattered the windshield. Luckily, the bomb was snuffed out when it smashed the glass into the car. That is what actually saved me,” the Ynet photographer said.
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    The shattered windshield that extinguished the Molotov cocktail
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    "I was in utter shock. I did not think such a thing could happen. From the panic, I smashed into a guardrail. I left the vehicle there and started running like crazy. The whole area around me was on fire. Had I stayed I would have caught fire alongside my car.”
    Mandelbaum called on the residents of Beitar Illit and the surrounding area to remain vigilant.
    “Pay attention to where you are, only park within localities where it is safe because such a situation could have ended completely different I had a miracle, G-d saved me,” Mandelbaum said.
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    The attack follows a recent rise in tensions due to the Jewish nationalist Flag March which passed through predominately Arab East Jerusalem on Tuesday and prompted several other attempted attacks by Palestinians on both Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.
    It is currently unknown if the suspected attack is in any way related to the controversial event in the capital.
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