Source: YNet News
By Yoav Zitun
Ultra-Orthodox troops use civilian tractor to pull Palestinians trapped in car; 669 unit helicopter boards family trapped on roof surrounded by water, power lines
VIDEO – Lifesaving cooperation occurred Tuesday between haredi IDF troops and Palestinians who were trapped in a stream growing violent due to the stormy weather.
Soldiers of the IDF’s haredi battalion Netzah Yehuda managed to rescue three Palestinian men before the fierce currents washed over them. Ynet obtained a documentation of the rescue.
The IDF troops were called to an area near the Nablus River, where, they were told, cars were stranded with their drivers trapped in a constantly intensifying current.
The storm was too severe for helicopters to arrive at the scene, and the battalion commander resorted to utilizing a Palestinian’s tractor that was passing by.
IDF haredi unit rescues Palestinians
The commander mounted the tractor, as he and the owner drove toward the trapped cars, rescuing three men. A fourth man is known to have also been trapped in the river, but he was not found and was reported missing.
The tractor exited the flooded area just before the asphalt started collapsing. The soldiers gave the rescued men initial medical care at the scene.
Throughout Wednesday, Netzah Yehuda rescued some 33 people, of whom 30 who were trapped in a bus. In many of the rescues, the troops worked in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority’s rescue forces.
Unit 669 intricate rescue
The Air Force’s special search and rescue division, Unit 669, involved in Tuesday’s rescues resulting from the stormy weather, also faced a challenging rescue mission on Wednesday, when it was called in to help a family trapped on the roof of a Tayibe house, surrounded by water.
Unit 669’s Tayibe rescue (Video courtesy of IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
|Floods in Tayibe|
“As we flew closer,” recounted the helicopter pilot called to the scene, “we noticed high voltage lines.” Guided by ground forces, the helicopter hovered over the roof, and “When we were just above the family, soldiers slid down ropes to the roof.”
Working in between the power lines in the harsh weather conditions, the 669 helicopter eventually managed to rescue all the trapped family members.
“The soldiers reached the family and reported via radio that they were with eight people, including children. One by one we cast down more ropes and started pulling people up into the helicopter. It took us an hour and 15 minutes to get everyone into the helicopter. From there we flew directly to Beilinson (Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva),” the helicopter pilot said.
| Arab youth (back) throw snowballs at Jews as they play in the Judea and Samaria City of Hebron after wintry weather swept through the region on March 2, 2012.
AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana
‘Friendly’ Arab Snowballs Turn into Rocks in Yitzhar Riot
Source: Arutz Sheva
By David Lev
An ostensibly “friendly” snowball fight in Samaria turned into an all out attack in Yitzhar early Thursday. Residents of the Kipah Sruga neighborhood of the town said that hundreds of Arabs took advantage of the snow to riot and attack them.
According to residents, some 200 Arabs came marching up the snow-covered hill from the village of Aurif, in the direction of Yitzhar. Security officials quickly assembled and attempted to ward off the Arab “invasion,” but the Arabs, smiling and laughing, shouted that they came in peace and were just interested in have a “friendly” snowball fight. “We are all friends, we want peace,” they shouted. “We just came to play in the snow.”
But when they got close to the security officials, it turned out that they were holding not snowballs, but rocks – which they began hurling at the guards, attempting to rush them and reach the homes of residents. The guards were able to ward off the mob, using anti-riot techniques, and IDF troops arrived a few minutes later to remove the rioters altogether. No injuries were reported in the incident.
With many of the roads in Judea and Samaria slick and covered in snow or ice, drivers have been moving very slowly in order to avoid accidents – a situation which turns drivers on some roads into “sitting ducks,” giving Arab attackers a much better chance of hitting cars or drivers due to their slow speed. Several rock throwing incidents were reported Thursday morning, on roads that are open in the Hevron Hills area, and on the road between Peduel and Eli in central Samaria. No injuries or damages were reported from the incidents.