Two arrested for assault on innocent Beduin man following Kiryat Gat stabbing attack

Both men were ordered kept in custody during remand extensions at the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

November 25, 2015 18:04
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Kiryat Gat police have arrested two men suspected of taking part in the beating of an innocent Beduin bystander found near the scene of a terrorist attack in the city on Saturday night.

Both men – one arrested Tuesday night and the other on Wednesday morning – were ordered kept in custody during remand extensions at the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

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The Beduin man was lightly hurt in the attack and was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment.

In video footage of the attack, the man can be seen lying on the floor of a construction site with his hands bound, as two different civilians come up and kick him.

Others curse at the man, while another resident can be seen standing over him and protecting him from further harm.

The man, a resident of Segev Shalom, was eventually rescued from the scene by civilians.

The attack happened shortly after an 18-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank stabbed four Israelis – including a 13-year-old girl – in the southern Israeli city.

The man had yet to be found when the Beduin bystander was beaten, and police said they believe those who took part in the beating may have believed that the Beduin man was the attacker.

In addition to the 13-yearold girl wounded in the stabbing attack, the victims included two women aged 56 and 44 and a 51-year-old man. All victims were moderately hurt with stab wounds in the upper body.

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