Three Tel Aviv youths launched a physical assault on an African migrant on
Wednesday night, police said.
An Eritrean national told police he had
been walking in a south Tel Aviv park when he was set upon without cause by
three teenagers. In addition to absorbing blows, the man said, he was also
pelted with rocks in the attack.
The migrant managed to flee his
attackers, and arrived at a local police station to file a
Within minutes, police escorted him to the scene of the
attack, and soon, the man spotted three boys aged 14 and 16 and recognized them
as the attackers.
Officers proceeded to arrest the suspects. Police are
treating the incident as a hate crime.
The victim sustained bruising in
the attack and received medical attention.
Last month, a gang of 12
youths from south Tel Aviv were arrested on suspicion of launching a series of
assaults on African migrants in south Tel Aviv.
Police believe the
suspects, most of whom are minors, assaulted the migrants on several
During some of the assaults, the suspects allegedly beat
victims with clubs, while in others, pepper spray was involved, police
African migrants have regularly reported being attacked in the
neighborhoods of south Tel Aviv, often by young men riding up on motorscooters
and assaulting them or throwing rocks or bottles at them before speeding
Last Saturday night, two men on a motorscooter drove up to an
Eritrean-owned bar in the Hatikva neighborhood and threw a firecracker inside
the establishment, leaving one patron lightly injured.
The same bar was
ransacked during anti-migrant rioting that took place after a protest against
asylum-seekers in the neighborhood in late May.