On Thursday, 25 children and the two adults escorting them went on a hike from Mogdalim toward Kida to celebrate a bar-mitzvah. Despite the fact that the hike was not close to Arab villages, dozens of Arab rioters drove to the area and began to fire rocks at the children, prompting the adults to fire deterrent shots into the air, but that didn’t stop the attackers.
According to the Honenu legal organization, the rioters attacked one of the adults, injuring him by throwing stones, then grabbing his weapon.
Seeking safety, the children and adults sought refuge on the precipitous cliffs nearby. They were fortunate to find a cave, but even then the Arab rioters tried to enter the cave and lynch them, spraying either pepper spray or tear gas into the cave.
After the IDF (Israeli army) arrived, they evacuated two Jews who were hurt to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah.
One attacker was shot; IDF medics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, who was in contact with IDF command, said, “I am sorry that this has to happen when a group of students wants to tour the area, and I give my support to the escorts, who were resourceful and protected the students’ lives with determined action against the rioters.”