Car hit with stones on Route 443 (archives)
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Family attacked with stones on Route 443

Day after Samaria attack which left three-year-old girl in critical condition, car carrying couple with three children pelted with stones on road leading from Modiin to Jerusalem. 'Those were not stones, they were rocks,' mother says

Passengers traveling on Route 443 from Modiin to Jerusalem say their cars were pelted with stones Friday evening, just one day after a three-year-old girl was critically injured on Route 5 in Samaria in an accident caused by stone-throwing.


The IDF Spokesperson's Office confirmed that stones had been thrown a around 7 pm on Route 443 near the Palestinian town of Bir Nabala. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


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On Friday afternoon, two Israelis were lightly wounded by stones hurled on the same road, in the Maccabim area.


Michal Vaknin was traveling with her husband and three children from their home in Modiin to relatives in Jerusalem. During the journey, she says, a rock was thrown at the family car.


"We were making our way to our family, like we do every Friday. Just after the Atarot Junction, we heard two loud booms and saw something flying toward the windshield. We didn't know what had happened, and my husband slowed down. I screamed, 'Go, drive away.' We continued driving and I called the police, who told me they were aware of the stone-throwing in the area."


Vaknin was in the car with her three children, aged eight, six and one. 'Those were not stones, they were rocks. If they had hit just one millimeter closer, it would have ended in a disaster. My husband could have lost control of the car.


"Today I read the story about yesterday's disaster in Samaria, and that's all I could think of at that moment. We're all shaking. This has never happened to us before. The small children didn't understand, but my eldest son was in shock. He was terrified when he heard us screaming. When we arrived, he didn't want us to open the door of the car."


Vaknin says she lost relatives in a terror attack on Route 443 in the past. "I have always been afraid. I always hesitate whether I should travel on this road. I have always been afraid of gunshots, but the stones have become as worse."



פרסום ראשון: 03.15.13, 21:43
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