IDF Rescues London Family Held at Gunpoint by Jordanian Navy During Vacation in Eilat
A Jewish student from Britain recounted on social media the terror of being held at gunpoint by the Jordanian Navy on Sunday, before being rescued by Israeli soldiers.
“After coming to Israel more or less every year of my life I never thought that I would ever experience what me and my family went through today,” Ellie Novack, a fashion student at Leeds College of Art, posted on Facebook.
The London native said she and her family rented a boat in Eilat, a resort town in southern Israel, to enjoy some water sports. But they apparently sailed too far from shore.
“Without any warning we regretfully got too close to the Jordanian water and were held hostage by a group of 10 Jordanian soldiers,” she said. “Although a soldier is most definitely not the correct word to describe these animals by.”
Novack wrote that she was told to “shut up and spare your tears” by “a real life terrorist.”
“After being attached to their boat for over an hour, pleading, begging and trying to stay strong and holding back our tears, for a reason unknown they drove us back to Israeli waters where we were saved by the IDF,” she said.
An IDF spokeswoman confirmed that Novack’s family rented a boat and sailed along the coast of Eilat, according to The Jewish Chronicle, which originally reported on the story.
“Following a failure to adhere to the sailing laws of the area, the family left the maritime territory of Israel and entered into that of Jordan,” the spokesperson explained. “Shortly after, they were arrested by Jordanian security forces. In response to the incident, the IDF’s naval forces in the Red Sea immediately contacted Jordanian forces and within a half hour, the family
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