A fire truck responding to a call in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Yerushalayim was attacked on Thursday, after local residents tried to tear down an Israeli flag.
The truck was responding to an emergency call when dozens of men attempted to rip the blue and white emblem, a spokesperson for the firefighters said.
Israeli fire trucks do not normally carry national insignia, but the flag was mounted on the vehicle for independence day – as many Israeli vehicles are.
“We managed to keep them away for a short time from the fire engine, but as we continued towards the fire, a number of residents lay down in front of the wheels, blocking our way, and at that time others climbed onto the fire truck and tore it off,” the team commander, Lt. Col. Avi Levy, said.
“It is sad for us as fire fighters and citizens of the state that people who come to save and protect their property from fire attack us in such a way,” he added.
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