The Israelis ran inside the police station, seeking shelter. ...
Word got out that the Palestinian police were holding several Israeli soldiers. Hundreds of Palestinians -- as many as 1,500 -- surrounded the police station and called for the execution of the Israelis. Police ordered the crowd away, but about a dozen men climbed in through a window.
TV footage showed one of the attackers run to the second-floor window and make a victory sign, and then return to the fray. In the background, several men were seen pounding on something or someone lying on the floor. The crowd erupted into cheers.
The attackers tossed one of the men out of the window, another out the door. The mob -- some with bloodied hands -- surrounded the men, some stabbing at them with the broken bars of a window grille. One of the men was dragged out of the police compound and through the streets, witnesses said.
The army eventually received two bodies. Army officials said the two Israelis had been badly mutilated. Initial examinations showed contusions from kicks and beatings with a metal bar. One of the bodies was beaten beyond recognition, they said.
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