Members of the Interior Ministry's Oz Unit stopped two men from raping a Philippine woman in Tel Aviv early Sunday.
During a routine patrol in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood, the team – headed by Ophir Avrahami, spotted a woman crying for help. They stopped their car, detained two men and called the police.
The police, who thought that the two men who assaulted the woman and tried to rape her were foreign workers, were surprised to discover that the two have an Israeli citizenship.
According to Avrahami, "At first we thought they were Sudanese citizens, because we are used to separating between foreign workers involved in brawls in south Tel Aviv. But when we checked their documents, we discovered that they have an Israeli identity card. They were drunk and both had an American accent."
The attacked woman is 25 years old and works in nursing. She is a legal worker and said she did not know the assailants and was attacked unexpectedly while walking on the street.
A similar incident took place in the same area in Tel Aviv a few months ago, when Oz Unit inspectors helped two young Israeli women who said foreign workers from Sudan had tried to rape them.