Palestinian vandals ignited fires in Jerusalem with Molotov cocktails and then ambushed and stoned firefighters who arrived at the scene to extinguish the flames, Israeli news site 0404 reported on Thursday.
The incident, according to the report, occurred in Jerusalem’s suburb of Pisgat Ze’ev.
First Sergeant Hezi Shimon, the commander of the responding firefighting force, told 0404 that “in the evening we rushed to a fire occurring in the wadi separating Pisgat Ze’ev from Shuafat.” Shimon noted that he had “extensive experience with fires in this area.”
“From the beginning,” he said, “this was a planned ambush by youths and masked attackers from Shuafat.”
Shimon said the method of the attackers was “simple.” They would, “throw Molotov cocktails towards the woods and vegetation, then lie in wait for us on the fence with stones, [more] Molotov cocktails, iron bars and everything else in sight.”
Shimon said the goal of the attackers was “twofold: to attack the firefighters and also to ignite a fire that would cause damage to the houses in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood.”
The news report on the incident included footage of the incendiary attack and the subsequent stoning of the firefighters.
The video shows the arsonists setting fire to an open area with Molotov cocktails. The arsonists then scale up a security wall nearby and lay in wait for the firefighters until their arrival. When the firefighters begin to douse the flames, the arsonists begin pelting the servicemen with stones.
According to the report, incidents like this happen “almost on a daily basis in our capital city, Jerusalem.”
The report said that “often firefighters are forced to deal with these difficult attacks alone,” however there have been times when Border Police officers or regular police forces have intervened to disperse the attackers.