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.
According to Mandelbaum, one of the explosives was launched into his car through the window, but, fortunately, did not detonate.
"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.
"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.
It is currently unknown if the suspected attack is in any way related to the controversial event in the capital.