Roy Harel opened the door to his home early Wednesday morning to find two teenage Palestinian assailants waiting to attack him with wooden sticks and a knife.

“I opened the door with a satchel in my hand and I saw the two [teenagers] wearing dark clothing and wooden sticks in their hands. They jumped on me and pushed their way into the house,” said Harel who lives in the West Bank settlement of Eli.

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“I fought with them inside the house. They got close to a bedroom,” Harel said as he described the 7 a.m. attack in which he was lightly wounded for Army Radio. He had been on his way to report for reserve duty.

“After a few minutes I was able to push them back outside even as they were hitting me with sticks,” Harel said.

Then he locked the door.

Harel told his five children who had woken up to stay in their room.

Harel’s wife called emergency services and tried to stop the bleeding from his head wound.

Security services arrived almost immediately, he said, adding that it took another half-an-hour for them to find the two assailants, who had hidden in the yard of a mikve (ritual bath) on that street.

When the assailants saw soldiers pass them, they came out and attempted to stab them.

The soldiers shot and killed them.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated Harel to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Harel said that after the attack, he found a 20-cm. knife stuck into the door of his home.

“We have to remember that I am not the only one who fought for his home. We are all in the midst of a battle for our homes.”


According to Palestinian sources, the two assailants were 17-year-old high school students Labib Khaldon Anwar Azzam and Mihmoud Hisham Ali Z’jalan from a village south of Hebron.
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