Police: TA men carried out beatings of African migrants

June 13, 2013 02:01
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Tel Aviv police on Tuesday night arrested two men they say carried out a series of racially motivated attacks on African migrants in the south of the city. In a number of cases, police say the men also robbed their victims.

On Wednesday, police said the two men had come in Saturday night to issue a complaint, saying they had attacked an African man in an attempt to stop him from harassing a young woman. However, police began to suspect during questioning that the two men, aged 24 and 21, were trying to cover-up for a series of attacks they had carried out on African migrants in south Tel Aviv.Police secured a search warrant and at their home they found poles and gloves that they believe the suspects used in the beatings.

The arrests came two weeks after a 32-year-old Tel Aviv man was arrested after he attacked and lightly wounded an African woman on Hagana Street in the Hatikva neighborhood in south Tel Aviv.

That attack is also believed to have been racially motivated, though police said at the time that they believed the man to be mentally disturbed.

Earlier in the year, Eilat police arrested four men, including a soldier, who they said carried out a series of violent beatings and robberies of African migrants in the city, during which they used pepper spray and beat their victims with poles.

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