Hundreds rally against violence in Druze town after failed assassination attempt
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Hundreds rally against violence in Druze town after failed assassination attempt

Family says person who planted bomb in 25-year-old Yara Abu Abla's vehicle last week mistook her for someone else

An anti-violence protest in the Druze village of Yarka, Israel, December 30, 2017 (Twitter video screenshot)
An anti-violence protest in the Druze village of Yarka, Israel, December 30, 2017 (Twitter video screenshot)

Hundreds marched against violence in the northern Druze town of Yarka on Saturday after a young resident was mangled in an apparent botched assassination attempt last week.

The demonstration was held in solidarity with 25-year-old Yara Abu Abla, who lost her leg when an explosive device detonated inside of her car on December 23.

Police are investigating whether the bomb was placed in Abu Abla’s vehicle on purpose, but her family insists that she was mistaken for someone else whom the perpetrator wanted to kill, the Ynet news site reported.

Abu Abla, mother of a 5-year-old daughter, thanked those who demonstrated in her name in a Saturday Facebook post. “Thank you all very much for your support,” she wrote. “My blood was spilled on the road and my screams reached the end of the world, but with all that happened, I only lost my leg. Yara comes back again, but this time stronger than before,” she said.

Abu Abla remains hospitalized and doctors are still working to save her remaining leg which was badly injured in the attack.

Relatives told Ynet that the family is “in shock” and has no idea who tried to kill the 25-year-old. “They have no enemies,” they said.

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